Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America to move to new east-side headquarters

WICHITA — Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will have a new corporate headquarters by the end of the year, and it happens to be across the parking lot from where it is now.

“Their current building is literally due north from … the new building they’ve purchased,” says Stan Churchill, the nonprofit’s legal counsel.

Presbyterian Manors, which has 18 continuing care retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri, currently is in 8,600 square feet at 6525 E. Mainsgate, which is just off of Woodlawn and several blocks north of 21st Street.

Its new building at 2414 N. Woodlawn is 24,000 square feet, though Presbyterian Manors won’t take the entire space. A Marriott call center will remain in about 5,000 square feet.

Churchill says Presbyterian Manors’ new space will undergo renovation before its 35 employees move into the headquarters.

“We’re really totally redoing that area,” he says.

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A Massage Palace & Spa moves to west side

WICHITA — A Massage Palace & Spa owner Laney Grady is moving her 2-year-old business from near Douglas and Grove to 900 N. Tyler near Central and Tyler.

“We had … two break-ins over there,” she says of her previous location. “It was … a really, really bad area as far as for business.”

Grady says the break-ins were seven days apart. In the first one, she says, all her electronics were stolen. Once she replaced them all, that’s when she says the second break-in occurred. Grady says her place was then trashed and had more than $30,000 in damage.

“The insurance company was like, look, if something else happens over there, we might not be able to cover it. It was that bad.”

The new space is 1,472 square feet.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial and Rod Stewart handled the deal.

The business, which offers massage, facials and body treatments such as a body wrap, officially reopens on Nov. 1.

Comeback Burger Stand is a laid-off aircraft worker’s fallback plan

WICHITA — Kurt Allen of the Dog House Carryout, which opens near Zoo Boulevard and West Central later this month, isn’t the only laid-off aircraft worker opening a restaurant.

Rick Burns was an aircraft worker for 30 years before he was laid off in October.

Next weekend, he’s opening the Comeback Burger Stand at the southwest corner of 13th and Hydraulic to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and onion rings to go.

“This is what we used to do with our laid-off aircraft workers,” says Rod Stewart, who handled the lease. “Our small commercial properties became entrepreneurial havens.”

Stewart says it’s tougher to do these days with higher real estate prices, but he says, “He has a good shot of making it work.”

Burns thinks Wichita will continue to see new small businesses started by laid-off aircraft workers.

“That will be about the only thing turning things around.”