Cox retail center at Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock to move, but not far

UPDATED — Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas is moving its retail center at 21st and Rock, but it’s not going far.

The store will move from the Shops at Tallgrass near the northeast corner across the parking lot to the north of Dillons.

“We are just keeping in line with the Cox retail marketing strategy,” says spokeswoman Sarah Kauffman.

At 3,000 square feet, the new store will be larger than the existing one.

“We really want consumers and customers to have an experience when they walk in a Cox store,” Kauffman says.

The new store will be especially hands-on with technology, she says, “where customers can test or try out the products.”

That includes high-speed Internet, digital cable and home phones.

Ish Tamas of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

In about a week, Cox will start remodeling the space, which was where Supplement Giant and Home Fitness Exercise Equipment Co. used to be.

Last summer, owners Wayne and Lisa Ragsdale made their own short jaunt across the parking lot to new space where a former Blockbuster was.

The new Cox store should open in a couple of months.


Supplement Giant and Home Fitness Exercise Equipment Co. to move to Rock Road frontage

WICHITA — Supplement Giant and Home Fitness Exercise Equipment Co. are taking a short jaunt across the parking lot at Tallgrass Plaza at 21st and Rock Road to larger space in the former Blockbuster store there.

“Front-row visibility” was the draw says Wayne Ragsdale, who owns the business with his wife, Lisa.

The Ragsdales opened their first Supplement Giant at the intersection 21 years ago. They also have one on the west side at 2556 N. Maize Road and one in the Denver area.

The 5,200-square-foot former Blockbuster space is 1,000 square feet more than the Ragsdales currently have.

Wayne Ragsdale says this will allow them to have better displays and expanded product lines.

That wasn’t their main reason to move, though.

Vitamin Shoppe is opening in a new retail center under construction on the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road.

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GoRun Wichita to open near 21st and Maize

Randy Mijares (left) and Kevin Swinicki of the new GoRun Wichita.

Randy Mijares (left) and Kevin Swinicki of the new GoRun Wichita.

WICHITA — In addition to being avid runners and running coaches, Kevin Swinicki and Randy Mijares are passionate about encouraging others to run.

So, it makes sense that they’re opening a new store called GoRun Wichita.

The running specialty store will open late next month at 2556 N. Maize Road between Baskin-Robbins and Supplement Giant.

“There has been a longtime feeling in the running community that the west side has been chronically underserved,” Mijares says. “We’re hoping to correct all that by providing a place where the community can meet and hang out.”

Running shoes will be the main focus, but there will be trail shoes and specialty shoes as well.

Also, there will be clothing and accessories geared to running, such as watches and GPS devices.

Curt Robertson of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal for the 1,400-square-foot space.

When Swinicki approached Mijares about doing the store, Mijares says, “I lit up immediately because it’s been a long-held goal of mine.”

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