10 Wichita apartments sell to two groups

WICHITA — Numerous Wichita apartments have recently changed hands.

First, Lew McGinnis, an Oklahoma businessman with a history of buying and selling apartment properties here and in his home state, has purchased six more in Wichita for a dozen total.

McGinnis didn’t return calls for comment, but someone in his office – who declined to give her full name – confirmed that he has purchased new properties here and is now managing them as well.

They include the 240-unit Barclay Square Apartments near Riverside Park; the 220-unit Cedarbrooke Apartments on East Harry just east of Rock Road; the 138-unit Eastborough Apartments on East Kellogg just west of Rock Road; the 196-unit Kingsborough Apartments near South Seneca and West 27th Street South; the 244-unit Rockborough Apartments near Douglas and Rock; and the 239-unit Woodgate Apartments on East 21st Street North between Oliver and Woodlawn.

There have been some maintenance issues at some of the complexes since McGinnis took over late last week.

“Yes, when we took over the management of the company, basically what had happened is there was a lot of work orders,” the McGinnis employee says.

Cedarbrooke resident Mary Bouray says her air conditioning was out for almost a week.

“They keep telling me they don’t have any maintenance people,” Bouray says.

The McGinnis employee says that’s being addressed.

“We have maintenance staff from our other Wichita properties so we’ve brought them in to help with the workload to make sure everything gets done quickly,” she says. “They’re going to be taking care of the work orders in the order that they were received.”

In other Wichita apartment news, business partners Rupan Dev and Anm Doza have purchased four apartment communities so far this year.

This month, they bought the 120-unit Elms Apartments, which is on East Harry between Hillside and Hydraulic

A couple of months before that, they bought the 79-unit Northtown Square Apartments at 21st and Waco.

This spring, they bought the 60-unit Biscayne Apartments on East Wassall just west of Hydraulic, and in the winter they purchased the 108-unit Bradford Glen Apartments on South Hydraulic between Kellogg and Lincoln.

Jeff Englert and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deals.

Dev says he’s been in the gas station business, but “the gas station is kind of a headache for us.”

He says real estate has more potential for cash flow down the road, so he’s interested in purchasing more apartments.

“Maybe one more this year and a few more next year.”

For now, though, Dev says he’ll concentrate on what he has.

“Right now, we’re remodeling all our rooms.”

That includes plans to take out old carpet, add flowers to landscaping and replace windows and gutters, among other things, Dev says.

“We’ll start very soon.”

West-side Realty World Alliance to move

UPDATED — Realty World Alliance continues to grow, so owner Greg Fox is moving his west-side office to accommodate that.

“Frankly, I’m nearly doubling my space, so it’s giving us a lot more room to grow,” Fox says.

Currently, Realty World has 3,700 square feet at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler. It’s moving to 6,800 square feet at 6617 W. Central, which is a former Blockbuster site across from Two Brothers BBQ.

“We decided that we would rather have a stand-alone building,” Fox says. “People seem to find you a lot easier.”

Fox and Troy Farha and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal for the lease.

The move should happen in early March. Fox thinks he’ll initially need about 4,000 square feet of the 6,800 square feet, and the rest will be room to grow.

“My business everywhere is growing,” he says. “I’m a blessed man.”

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Immediate Medical Care to open new clinic

UPDATED — It was almost five years ago that Grover Hershberger opened his first immediate care clinic in the former Souper Salad space at 4722 W. Kellogg.

Now, he’s preparing to open an east-side Immediate Medical Care clinic at 5838 E. Central. That’s the 6,728-square-foot former Blockbuster space in Carriage Parkway.

“The new location has plenty of traffic and provides great visibility,” Hershberger said in a statement. “Also, it is easily accessible to the large surrounding population.”

The clinic can see patients quickly for injury, illness, physicals, X-rays and lab work, among other things.

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens represented Hershberger in the deal, and his colleagues Nathan Farha and Troy Farha represented the landlord.

Look for Immediate Medical Care to open in March.

Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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Valley Center’s Midwest Dance Mechanix to move to Wichita and expand

UPDATED — The 3-year-old Midwest Dance Mechanix in Valley Center has grown so much – from 35 students to about 175 – it’s out of space.

Owner Jana Owen looked for new space in Valley Center but didn’t find any, so she’s instead moving to 3805 N. Hydraulic in Wichita. That’s the northwest corner of 37th and Hydraulic. She says it’s only 10 minutes from where she is now, “which is important to me to not alienate … the people who we started our business with.”

The business is growing from two studios in 2,300 square feet to three studios in more than 4,500 square feet.

“It’s got some real benefits to it,” Owen says of the building. She says it’s safe and quiet, and “it just has a real presence about it.”

Owen says she’ll be able to add more classes so students can practice more and, she hopes, go on to become professional dancers.

That’s “the ultimate goal for us,” she says.

“It’s just really kind of coming to the culmination of what I’ve always wanted for the kids.”

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Broadway Home Medical owners to open Lindsey Medical Supply on west side

WICHITA — Broadway Home Medical owners Brian Lindsey and his father, Michael, are expanding their business with a new company.

Lindsey Medical Supply will be similar to Broadway Home Medical, but it won’t work with insurance companies or Medicare.

“The difference is that we’re going to do a cash-only store,” Brian Lindsey says.

“We’re looking for a whole different business model to get away from reimbursements from insurance companies because they’re getting harder to collect from,” he says. “They don’t want to pay you.”

Both outlets will carry similar supplies, including walkers, wheelchairs, bath safety items, breathing equipment, hospital beds and lift chairs among other things.

Brian Lindsey says Broadway Medical Supply can’t charge customers different amounts from insurance companies or Medicare out of the same retail outlet.

“You’re pricing has to be the same across the multiple players,” he says.

That’s why the Lindseys need a second outlet.

Broadway Home Medical is in 8,000 square feet, 6,000 square feet of which is the retail space, just north of Lincoln and Hillside.

Lindsey Home Medical will be in 4,000 square feet on Central just east of West Street. The Lindseys purchased the 8,000-square-foot building, which is home to Scharenberg Chiropractic Offices. Scharenberg will remain there for now, but its space is something that Lindsey Medical Supply likely will expand into one day.

Troy Farha of NAI Martens and Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Lindsey Medical Supply will have a soft opening on Monday.

Bionic Burger to open fifth restaurant in former Taco Tico space on East Harry

UPDATED — Most parts of Wichita have a Bionic Burger, but Raquel and Jimmy Chavez knew one area was lacking.

“We kind of needed one in the southeast area,” Raquel Chavez says.

So they’re opening their fifth restaurant in the family-owned chain at 3257 E. Harry where a Taco Tico recently closed.

“There’s a lot of people, a lot of activity over there,” Chavez says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Raquel Chavez’s parents, Pam and Steve Majors, started the business in 1977.

Chavez and her father had a good-natured fight over dinner the other night when she claimed she started in the business at age 11.

Social Security records proved it was age 12.

In actuality, Chavez says, “I’ve worked in the business all my life.”

She and her husband helped open the last two Bionic Burgers – in  Haysville in 2011 and near 21st and Woodlawn in 2010 – while her parents were still in the business. They’re now retired.

The East Harry Bionic Burger will be the first one the Chavezes open on their own. They’d like to grow the company even more.

“We still are looking to expand in different areas.”

Though her parents aren’t at the company day-to-day anymore, Chavez says she can still ask them for advice.

“It’s very nice,” she says.

“I try to do things and figure them out on my own,” Chavez says. She says she thinks her father likes still lending his assistance when she needs it, though.

“He taught me that customers are your number one priority,” Chavez says. They “have helped us make it for 36 years.”

Chavez says the most important thing she learned from her parents helps her run the business as they would.

“They taught me a lot of responsibility and hard work,” she says. “Nothing is going to change.”

 

Franchisee to open fifth Wichita-area Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits on North Rock

WICHITA — Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits franchisee Willie Kendrick has acquired a visible, high-traffic spot for what will be his fifth Wichita-area Popeyes.

He purchased the 2,005-square-foot former Taco Tico space at 3131 N. Rock Road.

“It made sense because it was a rare opportunity to acquire a freestanding, drive-through restaurant on North Rock Road, especially south of K-96 where the traffic is so much more substantial,” says Troy Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group, who handled the deal.

Farha says those kinds of sites don’t come along every day.

The new Popeyes will open late this year.

Look here later today for more details on Kendrick’s plans and in Wednesday’s Wichita Eagle.

Paramount East Antique Mall to open in Augusta in October

WICHITA — About a decade after the first Paramount Antique Mall opened on the west side, a second is opening on the east side.

“We have been doing so well,” says co-owner Cynthia Branch. “Even with the bad economy . . . it has just kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Paramount East Antique Mall will be at 10187 S.W. Highway 54 in the former Walnut Valley Furniture building, which also used to house the White Eagle Antique Mall. That’s an Augusta address, though it’s partway between the main city of Augusta and Andover.

At 20,000 square feet, the building is about half the size of the west-side Paramount Antique Mall at 13200 W. Kellogg.

Branch owns that business with Sandy Hudspeth and their mothers.

Hudspeth, Branch and another partner are opening the east-side store.

Branch says the economy seems to be helping business as shoppers look for deals.

Recycling is a factor, too, she says.

“Everybody buys and repurposes things.”

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Northwest corner of Kellogg and Tyler to be home to two new retail centers

WICHITA — After a false start a few years back, George Holland is moving ahead with two new retail centers near Kellogg and Tyler.

Holland owns more than 11 acres at the corner, including property where the Horn bar sits and where he has his Holland Paving and Holland Ventures offices.

“It’s time to build,” Holland says.

He plans two retail centers, one that’s 4,500 square feet and one that’s 3,000 square feet, under the name Holland Plaza.

Holland looked into building previously but had trouble attracting interest from potential tenants.

“We just never brought anybody to the table to sit down and make a deal,” he says.

Though he doesn’t have any contracts yet, Holland says there is interest this time around.

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