CDK Wichita buys former Wonder Bread building on Emporia

WICHITA — CDK Wichita, a distributor of windows, cabinets and doors, has purchased the one-time Wonder Bread building at 601 N. Emporia.

“It’s an old building,” says co-owner Gene Regier. “It’s going to need a lot of tender, loving care.”

CDK is keeping its space at 300 W. Murdock as well. The 40,000-square-foot Emporia building will give the company more room.

The building, which originally was home to the Continental Baking Co., takes up about three-quarters of a block south of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the trust of the late Sheldon Kamen, who bought the building several years ago.

Look for more details in a couple of months when CDK moves in.

Au Paris-Bruxelles French and Belgian restaurant to open at Clifton Square after all

WICHITA — The deal for a French and Belgian restaurant to open at Clifton Square appeared to be off, but it’s going to go forward after all.

“It did drag out, but it’s never been officially off,” says Ted Branson, a broker with Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

Flo and Didier Fraikin had won a lottery for a green card to come to the United States, and after considering a home in Colorado and Wyoming, they chose Wichita.

“It sounds like they’re enamored with the West,” Branson says. Flo Fraikin “says it’s been her lifelong dream to come to America.”

“So they just jumped on it,” Branson says. “I’m not sure they thought it all through. … It was a little bigger than they anticipated.”

The family of seven plus three pets flew to San Francisco and planned a tour through the West to get to Wichita by June. Car trouble led to financial trouble which led to the family being stuck in California.

“They’ve just been hunkered down there trying to survive,” Branson says. “We’re just been pushing for them to get here. We’ll figure it out when they get here.”

The family is due to arrive Friday.

Branson says he’s “taking on a new job for a week” trying to help the family in advance of their arrival. A temporary house is his first order of business.

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B/E Aerospace signs Northrock Place lease

WICHITA — B/E Aerospace has signed a lease for 15,000 square feet at 8110 E. 32nd St. North in Northrock Place.

No one with the company is sharing details yet, but it sounds like B/E may be adding as many as 60 engineers.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Branson also just did a lease for B/E for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse at the Greenwich Industrial Park near K-96 and Greenwich.

B/E currently has a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Comotara Business Park.

Plexus Inc. opens and leases space near Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Business partners Shawn Spaeny and Nick Holt have started Plexus Inc. to sell high-definition surveillance cameras.

“High-quality surveillance is what we do,” Spaeny says.

The two have been in the business previously but decided to open their own place in almost 3,000 square feet at 535 S. Emporia.

“Seems prime, doesn’t it?” Spaeny says of being located just south of Intrust Bank Arena.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

In addition to offering new cameras, Spaeny says Plexus will offer service on other surveillance cameras as well.

“We’re ramping up all areas of that operation.”

 

RBP Auto to open on Southwest Boulevard

WICHITA — Ryan Peavey has been wanting to get into the car sales business, but to get his dealer’s license, he says first he needed a building.

So he’s signed a lease for 1,100 square feet at 1707 1/2 Southwest Blvd.

“It’s pretty little,” Peavey says.

It’s the start of his RBP Auto, though.

Peavey plans to sells cars and specialize in distressed ones that he repairs. He may fix other cars on the property as well.

Ted Branson with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“I expect to have more space eventually,” Peavey says.

He says he needed to start somewhere, though.

“I had to take a chance on something.”

 

A Box 4 U expands into finishing work for its blast-resistant modules

WICHITA — Wichita-based A Box 4 U is expanding its blast-resistant module business.

Since the mid-1990s, Jeff Lange’s company has sold and leased blast-resistant modules for petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

“We create a safe haven for employees,” says John Potts, who is in sales for the company.

The modules could be an office, a factory or even a restroom.

Now, instead of solely using a third-party fabricator to make the boxes, the company is going to begin doing its own finishing work to help with the process.

“We’re just assisting . . . because we’ve got so much work going,” Potts says.

In addition to the company’s office at 4340 S. West St., A Box 4 U is also now leasing a 20,000-square-foot warehouse at 4225 W. Bounous to do the finishing work.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Potts says it will still rely on another company to do most of the work, but he says it made sense for A Box 4 U to take on some of the work itself.

“We’re growing pretty quickly here.”

SpringClean Laundry owner to open what he thinks will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country

WICHITA — Perry Duncan is, perhaps arguably, the Laundry King of Kansas.

He’s owned many himself, built plenty of them for others and now is working on what he says likely will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country.

Duncan owns SpringClean Laundry, which in 2009 he told Have You Heard? he wanted to develop into a chain of large, upscale laundries – with large dryers, flat-screen TVs and carpeting.

His newest SpringClean will be in the former Spear’s Restaurant and Pie Shop space at 1930 N. Woodlawn, which is just south of Brittany Center at the corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Duncan is adding to the building for a total of 13,000 square feet.

So how does he know this might be the third-largest?

“I’ve been doing it 30 years,” he says.

Duncan says he’s quite familiar with the business nationwide.

His first two SpringClean sites, at 416 N. Ridge and 1224 S. Webb, are about 9,000 square feet each.

Duncan says he’s inspired by cinema entrepreneur Bill Warren of Warren Theatres.

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Capital Express Inc. opens 8,000-square-foot Wichita warehouse

WICHITA — Capital Express Inc., an Omaha-based courier and logistics company, is now operating in Wichita.

“We have a large customer who asked us to come into this market,” says president Jack Johnson.

Johnson says he can’t say who the customer is.

The 25-year-old company has offices in a dozen greater Midwest cities, including a recently opened Dodge City office.

Johnson says in addition to delivery services, Capital Express helps customers put together systems among various departments in order to streamline processes for deliveries.

“We help them figure out what they need.”

The company’s new Wichita warehouse is in 8,000 square feet at 2544 S. Leonine.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

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Mini-Mac Inc. to expand to a new building

WICHITA — Mini-Mac Inc., which manufactures spacers for the aerospace industry, isn’t going to be so small anymore.

“We have outgrown our facilities,” owner Bob McNamee says.

He’s currently in about 2,500 square feet at 1912 N. 159th St. East.

His new space, which he’ll move into in the early part of 2012, is more than 10,000 square feet over three buildings at 1703 Southwest Boulevard.

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Mini-Mac will take 5,600 square feet in the main building on the new property, and the rest of the space will be available for lease.

This is the first time the business has moved since McNamee’s late father, Mac, started the business in 1970.

“It was my dad’s hobby that turned into a business,” McNamee says. “He always had a machine shop in the basement I always remember as a kid growing up.”

McNamee says his father “would do odds and ends for people.”

“He did that in his spare time, that was his passion. And then when he retired from Boeing, he had some people that were in the distribution business, and they encouraged him to get into the manufacturing of what we now do today.”

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Monahan Chiropractic to open in December

WICHITA — After working for Dopps Chiropractic for a couple of years, Bradley Monahan is now preparing to open his own clinic, Monahan Chiropractic.

“My own clinic was always the end goal,” he says. The idea is to “be my own boss. . . . Take the blame or take the credit. One of the two.”

Monahan will open in about 1,600 square feet Dec. 1 at 3876 N. Woodlawn just north of 37th and Woodlawn.

Don Piros and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Monahan wanted to work for another clinic before opening his own to learn the business side of owning a practice.

“We don’t get a lot of the business side of business,” he says of chiropractic school. “That’s why I went with a group to see and learn a little bit more than what school could provide.

“I got a good learning base.”

Monahan says he handles all kinds of cases, from typical back and neck pain to sports injuries to pregnancy care, and he says he can adjust his treatments to suit individual patients.

“I’ve always wanted to help people.”