Fidelity Bank expands at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — Fidelity Bank already has two branches at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road, but it’s expanding.

“That is one of the fastest-growing areas in the city,” says Al Sanchez, Fidelity’s senior vice president and director of marketing. “We are happy with the business results that we had out there.”

Fidelity has a branch in Walmart. It also has one in the strip center it owns in front of Walmart.

“It’s really more of a drive-up facility,” Sanchez says of the strip center location.

“We’re going to turn that into a full-service banking facility.”

Currently, that site is less than 1,000 square feet.

“When we’re done, we’ll be over 5,000 square feet out there,” Sanchez says.

There will be consumer and mortgage loan officers, a full retail staff of tellers and new account specialists and, for the first time in that area, safe deposit boxes.

The building has been mostly vacant for a while.

“There were a couple of businesses that decided to go elsewhere,” Sanchez says.

He says the bank is taking the entire center.

“It’s going to be much larger.”

WDM Architects is the architect, and Conco Construction is the contractor.

Look for the expanded branch to open this fall.

Child Start to open West Village Head Start near West Street and Zoo Boulevard this fall

WICHITA — Child Start is opening a new center on the west side. This makes the third new facility in as many years for the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services.

“We need to be where the children are to serve them,” says executive director Teresa Rupp. “We haven’t been on the west side for, oh, a long time.”

The new center, which will be called West Village Head Start, will open this fall in 9,900 square feet at 1024 N. West St. near West Street and Zoo Boulevard.

With the help of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group, Child Start did a study to analyze existing locations, concentration of income-eligible families and enrollment patterns.

“Once we did that study, there was obviously a need for another location to serve their clientele in the central west area, and this filled that void,” says Jeff Englert, who is with Martens.

He and colleagues Kris Wessel and Nathan Farha handled the deal for the new space. It will include seven preschool classrooms and land for a playground. West Village will serve 183 children.

Conco Construction is the contractor and WDM Architects is the architect.

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Assistance League of Wichita to reopen resale shop in new space Tuesday

Steven Hernandez, with Bauer and Son Construction, puts the finishing coat of paint on the door at 2431 E. Douglas, the new home of the Assistance League shop.

WICHITA — Almost a decade after starting a search for a new building, the Assistance League of Wichita is opening in new space Tuesday.

“It is looking so great,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer of the new building at 2431 E. Douglas, just down from Douglas and Grove. She says the shop “has a real boutique look.”

The building, which the Assistance League owns, used to be home to Paradise Antiques. The Assistance League used to be in rented space down the street at 2611 E. Douglas.

As Have You Heard? reported in October, the new space’s 6,000 square feet is more than double the size of the old store.

The resale shop sells an array of things including clothing, jewelry and household items.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League. The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop, which is run by volunteers, raises money for the League’s projects.

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Child Start moves into its new headquarters

WICHITA — This summer, Have You Heard? reported that Child Start would be moving its headquarters within the Parklane Shopping Center.

This weekend, it’s happening.

Child Start, a nonprofit that provides early childhood development services, is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be. That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

The new Child Start space is designed to meet the nonprofit’s needs. Eighty of Child Start’s 250 employees will work there, and there will be training facilities as well.

“In addition to having space that is more flexible for staff, we hope that larger training rooms, increased visibility and new signage will make us more available to families and caregivers as we prepare young children for lifelong success,” said executive director Teresa Rupp in a statement.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start. WDM Architects also helped with the new space.





Assistance League of Wichita buys former Paradise Antiques space for its thrift store

WICHITA — After looking for new space for the better part of a decade, the Assistance League of Wichita has found it.

The League is more than doubling its resale shop space by moving to 6,000 square feet near Douglas and Grove where Paradise Antiques used to be.

“We have been in our rented building right next to Moler’s Camera shop for 21 years,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer.

That’s at 2611 E. Douglas, just down from where the new shop will be.

The upside of taking so long to find new space is that the League has been able to save to buy the building.

“We’re hoping we can get it paid for in three years,” Longhofer says.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League.

The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. In the past two years, the program has supplied clothing to more than 4,000 students each year.

The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop raises money for the League’s projects.

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Lee’s Bike Shop to open at Auburn Pointe Friday

WICHITA –In the final bit of Auburn Pointe news of the day, Lee Engler plans to open his Lee’s Bike Shop there (as Have You Heard? previously reported) on Friday.

The former landscape architect for WDM Architects plans a soft opening with a grand opening to follow May 22.

54 new plaques give Old Town visitors a glimpse of history

plaque2WICHITA — Old Town is obviously one of Wichita’s most historic areas. Now, some of that history is readily available for people to learn as they visit the area.

Developer Dave Burk this month placed 54 plaques on buildings throughout Old Town. He finished a couple of days ago and has already seen visitors stopping to look.

“This was research that we put together when we compiled all the information to get this into a National Historic District,” Burk says.

That was back in 1990.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Burk says.

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Neurology Consultants of Kansas moving to The Collective

WICHITA — After more than a decade near the St. Francis campus, Neurology Consultants of Kansas is moving east to J.V. Johnston’s Collective at K-96 and East 21st Street.

“We are going to be building a new 10,000-square-foot building for outpatient neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine,” says Tally Bell, a nurse practitioner and administrator for the group.

“We’ve really outgrown our space,” she says.

Bell says new patients often have to wait five or six months to be seen.

“We’re going to try to better meet that need,” she says.

That means the practice will be adding another physician at some point for a total of five.

Bell says the group will take its time finding one.

“It’s very important to us that we keep . . . . what we think is a good mix,” she says. “We’ve got such a good mix right now.”

There also are two nurse practitioners, and a third is a possibility.

Along with more room for procedures, outpatient hours will expand as well to keep up with what Bell calls “unmet needs in the community.”

“It’s way ahead of us, so to speak,” she says.

Construction will begin in late July or early August.

Simpson & Associates is the contractor, and WDM Architects is the architect.