Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita to open in former Sportsman’s Warehouse

UPDATED — More than four years after Sportsman’s Warehouse closed its east Wichita store, a new business is opening there.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita will open at the site in One Kellogg Place, which is just east of Kellogg and Greenwich, this fall.

“It took me two years to get this building bought,” says Jay Storey, president of Wichita Furniture.

In addition to being an Ashley Furniture licensee, Wichita Furniture is the parent company of Furniture on Consignment.

Storey says the 55,000-square-foot building at One Kellogg Place had gone through a couple of different holding companies that purchased it with a bundle of other buildings.

“Their business was to lease properties, and we wanted to own property,” Storey says. “We’re here to stay.”

Storey opened his first Ashley Furniture store near 21st and Maize Road in 2002.

“There was a need out there that we filled,” he says.

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Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Ty’s Diner isn’t for sale, but its building is

WICHITA — There will be a for sale sign going up on Ty’s Diner this week, but real estate agent Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate would like to eliminate the potential for panic right now.

It’s the building that’s for sale, not the popular longtime business at 928 W. Second.

“I anticipate a lot of calls,” Harper says.

“We’ll still be here, and nothing’s changing,” says Ty’s co-owner Kristin Hale.

She and her husband, David, worked at the business for four years before buying it in July 2012.

“We have such a passion for restaurants,” Kristin Hale says. “This was really like a dream come true for us.”

A dream that requires a lot of work, she says, adding that that’s OK.

“We’re not going anywhere.”

Lobby space available at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Now that Hobby Lobby has moved into its new space at the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich, there’s a renewed push to find a tenant to take its former space.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate has taken over trying to lease the 55,000-square-foot space that Hobby Lobby occupied at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

“The ownership seems to be pretty open-minded to different scenarios there,” Harper says.

There’s some extra space adjacent to the building, which means the center could accommodate a tenant needing up to 75,000 square feet.

“The good news is there’s not really too many of those spaces left any longer,” Harper says of Wichita in general.

That compares to a few years ago when “there was quite a bit of availability in that size range.”

Harper says the owners are willing to divide the space as well. That includes making the north end of the building, which currently is all brick, into a storefront that faces 21st Street. He says there’s room for several smaller shops there.

“That’s even something they’re open to.”

Twotrees Technologies is the first tenant in the new Firestone Place

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate in front of the new Firestone Place.

UPDATED — The former Automobilia space at the northeast corner of First and Emporia is getting a new life along with some new tenants.

“It’s kind of something we’ve been looking at for a long time because we’ve got a vested interest in our property across the street,” says Brad Saville, president and CEO of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

The Landmark office is across the street on the southeast corner. Saville, Landmark broker Scott Harper and another partner formed 2point LLC to redevelop the former Automobilia space. They’re calling it Firestone Place.

Saville thinks the original occupant of the building was a Firestone tire dealership. He’s still trying to learn more about it.

“I’m really interested in the history of it.”

SBA Construction and Innovative Construction Service are remodeling the 8,271-square-foot space. Features include exposed brick, open ceilings and easy-access parking.

There’s room for three tenants in the building. Harper and Landmark’s Craig Simon are handling the deals.

One, Susie and Jim Smith’s Twotrees Technologies, is signed.

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OneMain Financial changing South Seneca addresses to Tuscan Village

WICHITA — OneMain Financial, a consumer finance company that is part of New York-based Citigroup, is going to be more than doubling the size of its south Wichita branch.

The branch, which mainly does personal loans, has been at 2561 S. Seneca in the Westway Shopping Center since 1995. It has about 1,500 square feet there.

The new office, which opens next month, will be in 3,600 square feet at Tuscan Village at 1812 S. Seneca.

“It’s just a relocation to a new office because they needed more space,” says Mark Rodgers, director of public affairs for Citi, the consumer division of the company.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Despite sign to the contrary, T.J. Maxx isn’t coming to New Leaf Plaza

WICHITA — Shoppers in the 21st and Amidon area had brief hope that T.J. Maxx is coming to the intersection. A business in the area even had a sign saying so, but it’s not true.

“It speaks to a need or a demand at that intersection that’s probably not being fully fulfilled,” says Scott Harper, a broker with Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

“We have contacted them,” Harper says of T.J. Maxx. He was courting the store for New Leaf Plaza at the southwest corner where a Walmart Neighborhood Market is but says he “didn’t really get too far with it.”

Harper says that soft goods retailers such as T.J. Maxx like to cluster together.

“At the moment, that’s a little bit of a challenge for the intersection,” he says. Harper says it’s only one of a couple of intersections in the city with three grocers.

“I think soft goods are under served at the intersection,” he says. “A lot of them aren’t overly attracted to grocery-anchored centers.”

He says grocery stores are a draw for fitness centers.

“That’s why it’s good for Planet Fitness.”

The franchise opened in New Leaf Plaza last year, and Harper says it’s convenient for people to pop into the grocery store after their daily or weekly workout routine.

“Or, in my case, once-a year routine.”

Artist at Large Tattoo owner Dennis McPhail plans ‘creative look’ for his building

WICHITA — Artist at Large Tattoo owner Dennis McPhail is now also a landlord at large.

He has purchased the more than 8,000-square-foot building, which looks like three buildings, where his business is at the southwest corner of Douglas and Laura. That’s where Karma Konnections and Up N Smoke also are.

“I didn’t think I could do it, but we did it,” McPhail says of himself and his wife, Bunni.

“I just be creative and hand her the money,” McPhail says. “She makes me look legitimate.”

They were on a budget when they opened the shop eight years ago. More recently, they wanted to upgrade their space.

“I was getting ready to drop some money,” McPhail says. “I was just thinking, why should I do this on a place I don’t own?”

His landlord wanted to sell, and McPhail says he was nice enough to wait on him to be able to buy it.

“I always had it in the back of my mind,” McPhail says of owning his own space.

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Planet Fitness signs two new deals

WICHITA — There are deals for two new Wichita Planet Fitness sites, though the chain still isn’t talking about its plans here.

Have You Heard? previously reported that the company is working on locations in the former Star Lumber space at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn, at Marina Lakes at 21st and Amidon where a new Walmart Neighborhood Market is and also at the 21st and Maize area.

Since then, Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons finalized a deal for the Marina Lakes space.

On Friday, Tidemann and Landmark’s Nick Esterline finalized a deal for the former bowling alley space at 2350 N. Maize Road. That’s where Countryside West Lanes closed in 2007.

It looks like there may already be demo work going on at the possible Planet Fitness space at Normandie.

Planet Fitness isn’t the only new gym coming to the city.

Gold’s Gym International also has been working on sites here. In fact, it appears it was negotiating for some of the same space Planet Fitness nabbed.

Earlier this year, Have You Heard? reported that a Gold’s deal at Harry and Rock may already be done.

Both companies are being similarly silent. We should hear something from them soon, though.

 

FDA to move to new Wichita office

UPDATED — The Food and Drug Administration is moving to a new Wichita office.

The FDA’s lease is up at 1861 N. Rock Road, so it’s moving to 1,700 square feet at 8440 E. 29th St.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The Wichita FDA office, which is one of six offices associated with the FDA’s district office in Kansas City, is part of the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. That division is responsible for inspecting manufacturers and regulating their products to ensure the safety of such things as food, drugs and medical devices.