Groves Retail Liquor to move, but not far

WICHITA — Groves Retail Liquor is moving, but it won’t be far from its current space at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Webb.

“We’re moving next door,” says Ron Groves.

He says he’s leasing space from Johnny Stevens and Steve Clark at the one-time Builders Square building, which more recently was home to DTY Direct.

“The city … is expanding Kellogg and taking me out of here,” Groves says. “I would have preferred to have stayed, you know.”

The store is now in 7,500 square feet, about 5,000 square feet of which is floor space.

The new building is more than 16,000 square feet.

“We’re going to triple our floor space.”

Groves says he’ll be able to expand the lines he sells and have lots more room for wine.

It’s going to mean “a lot of work,” he says of getting it ready.

He plans for it to happen before Thanksgiving.

“I had very little time to plan a move and to find a location, and Mr. Stevens and Mr. Clark were really very helpful.”

Mediterraneo closes, Groves Retail Liquor prepares to use the space

WICHITA — Seven months after opening, Mediterraneo has closed.

“This location’s tough,” says Zak Tazkargy, who owned the business at Kellogg and Webb with Moe Hlayhel.

Italian Garden was in the space before that.

Tazkargy says construction in the area made it too hard to attract customers.

“We had people calling saying, ‘We can’t get into your building,’ ” he says.

Hlayhel is heading overseas for a job, but Tazkargy says he may have another restaurant by fall.

“If we find a good location, you know we may reopen.”

Ron Groves of Groves Retail Liquor, which is just down Kellogg from Mediterraneo, has purchased the restaurant’s fixtures.

He wants to use the 5,000-square-foot building for more storage and for an occasional wine tasting. Groves is working with the state to get approval to rent the space for tastings.

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