Dillons adding fuel center at Central and Maize store

WICHITA — Dillons is adding a fuel center to its store at Central and Maize in west Wichita.

Work started Monday and is scheduled to be completed later this fall.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says the center will have a traditional service kiosk for “all those on-the-go type items” such as candy bars, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

There will be five fuel dispensers that can service 10 vehicles at a time.

The center will be built at the southeast corner of the Dillons parking lot.




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Dillons to do fuel center at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — As promised, Sheila Lowrie contacted Have You Heard? to say that yes, Dillons is putting a fuel center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

For a long time, it looked like the company was preparing to do a gas station there, but there was no confirmation.

First, Dillons demolished the former Twin Lakes Liquor store that was on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Then, Dillons employees at that store started telling customers that the station was coming, but still there was no official confirmation.

Now, Lowrie says Conco Construction will begin the project on Sept. 23. There will be seven fuel dispensers for 14 fueling positions. Look for the project to be completed in November.

Still no word on gas at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It’s still not certain that Dillons is adding a fueling center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported when the company knocked down the former Twin Lakes Liquor building.

Dillons employees were telling customers a gas station was coming, but company spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie wasn’t available for comment.

Now she is, but she still can’t confirm what’s happening. As soon as she can, she says, we’ll be the first ones she tells.

Is Dillons adding a gas station at 21st and Amidon? Employees say yes

WICHITA — Officially, Dillons is mum about whether it’s putting a fueling center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

Unofficially, employees are telling customers it’s coming.

The former Twin Lakes Liquor store, which was on the corner in front of the store, was demolished this week.

About this time last year, after the liquor store had been closed for a while, shoppers started wondering if a gas station might be coming.

At the time, Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said, “I can tell you that we’re always exploring options when it comes to how we can expand fuel for our customers because it’s something they tell us they enjoy about shopping with us, but unfortunately at this time I would be unable to confirm future plans for that location.”

Lowrie is out this week, and a Dillons representative says no one else is authorized to speak on behalf of the company.

No one else may be authorized, but that’s not stopping employees at the store from freely discussing it with customers.

We’ll check with Lowrie to officially confirm next week.

Dillons adds fuel center in Andover

WICHITA — There’s a new Dillons Fuel Center under construction just west of the chain’s grocery store along Kellogg in Andover.

There will be six fuel pumps with diesel and gasoline that can accommodate 12 vehicles.

“We’ll also have a small kiosk, which is the typical format for our Dillons Fuel Centers,” says spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.

Unless there are delays related to weather, Lowrie says the gas station should open by the end of the year.

Dillons at 21st and Amidon is mum on whether gas station is in the works

WICHITA — With all the new activity at 21st and Amidon, people are wondering if Dillons is ever going to put a gas station where Twin Lakes Liquor used to be.

The building still stands, and there’s no sign of any activity.

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie won’t say if a gas station is a possibility.

“I can tell you that we’re always exploring options when it comes to how we can expand fuel for our customers because it’s something they tell us they enjoy about shopping with us, but unfortunately at this time I would be unable to confirm future plans for that location.”


Dillons at Central and Rock had to close because of power issues again

WICHITA — Mama said there’d be weeks like this.

For the second time this week, the Dillons at Central and Rock had a power failure that temporarily caused it to close.

“That poor store,” says Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.

Today’s issue related to a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the roof.

“Through that process, we did lose electricity and partial refrigeration,” Lowrie says.

Store employees — including everyone from the pharmacy manager to courtesy clerks, Lowrie says — helped load food onto refrigerated trucks.

“Everyone in the store was pitching in,” she says.

The store reopened just after 1 p.m. after being closed for four hours.

On Tuesday, the store temporarily closed when an electrical problem caused registers to lose power.

Lowrie has never heard the adage that bad things often come in threes.

“Oh, goodness, don’t tell me that,” she says. “We will buck that trend.”

You don’t say

“People are very understanding.”

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie on what happens when the chain can’t sell groceries, which briefly occurred at the store at Central and Rock Tuesday when an electrical problem caused registers to lose power

Dillons to add fuel centers at Central and West and at Harry and Edgemoor

WICHITA — The Dillons at Central and West is the latest in the chain to be getting a fuel center.

“Those excess buildings have been removed,” says spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie of buildings adjacent to the store.

The 10-pump fuel center will be in the southwest corner of the property and face West Street.

Dillons is finishing renovations to the store there as well. There will be a grand opening for both later this summer.

The new Dillons under construction at Harry and Edgemoor also will have a fuel center, this one with 12 pumps. The entire project should be complete by the end of the year.

“We’ve had quite a few projects here recently and in the past five years,” Lowrie says.

That includes new fuel centers at 13th and West streets, 13th and Maize Road and one in Augusta.

It looked like a fuel center was coming to 21st and Amidon, but Lowrie says that’s not the case — at least not now.

“For us, fuel is very important,” she says.

Lowrie says Dillons will continue to add centers “where it makes sense for our customers.”

Dillons has two new vendors for plant sales

WICHITA — Dillons is partnering with two new vendors for spring flower and plant sales at 16 area stores.

The Eagle last month reported that Manhattan’s Kaw Valley Greenhouses ended a 42-year vendor relationship with Dillons to start its own “parking lot stores” locally around April 1.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says Dillons now has “a couple of companies that we’re working with based on their areas of expertise.”

Perennials will come from Oklahoma-based Berry Family of Nurseries.

Arkansas-based Pleasant Valley Farm will provide annuals, vegetables and small berries.

“Overall, the entire program that we’re offering with our garden centers has changed,” Lowrie says.

Dillons will sell trees, bushes and grapevines for the first time. There also will be an expanded vegetable selection that also offers recipes on the care cards.

Lowrie says its “the best program we’ve had ever.”