Marshalls may be narrowing its list of possible east-side sites for second store

WICHITA — It was late 2011 when Have You Heard? broke the news that Marshalls most likely would be coming to Wichita.

Since then, the Massachusetts-based discount retailer opened a Marshalls in the former Borders Books space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

A deal to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich didn’t work out, but local T.J. Maxx employees are telling customers that Marshalls is still looking on the east side and has narrowed its decision to two or three sites.

Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate Market shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.

It looked like TJX at one point also considered opening its HomeGoods concept in Wichita, but that no longer seems like an imminent possibility. At least not as much as an east-side Marshalls.

No one at TJX is sharing details on possible Marshalls sites yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Discount retailer Marshalls to open in former Borders space at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — In December, Have You Heard? reported that with any luck, by the 2012 holiday season shoppers in east and west Wichita would have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

That’s going to happen – at least for west-siders.

The Massachusetts-based chain, part of the TJX Cos., has a building permit for $580,000 to remodel the former Borders space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“I can confirm we do have a lease with Marshalls,” says Jerry Jones, vice president of commercial development for Slawson Cos., the NewMarket developer.

The approximately 23,000-square-foot building was built in 2001. Borders left the space in September.

Jones referred questions about the opening to a Marshalls representative, who wouldn’t confirm that the store will be coming to Wichita.

“When opening new stores, we tend to announce our plans when we believe it is the right time to do so competitively,” wrote spokeswoman Doreen Thompson in an e-mail. “Generally speaking, it is our practice not to announce store openings until close to an intended opening date.”

It looks like that will be in time for the holidays – or before.

“I like that it brings a large apparel component to the center,” Jones says. “It’ll really complement everything else we have out there real well.”

Slawson Real Estate handled the lease for the landlord.

Marshalls also has looked at opening on the east side, but that deal doesn’t seem to be as far along.

TJX owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and at Westgate Market at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls, which is similar to T.J. Maxx, is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

Look for more details later today on Marshalls’ entry into the Wichita market.

New Allstate claims office to open on west side behind Westgate Market

WICHITA — Just behind where the new Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is opening at Westgate Market, Allstate claims adjuster Dennis Dull is moving his drive-through claims office to 6301 W. Taft.

“The purpose is to give outstanding claim service to our customers,” Dull says.

He says the building’s 1,700 square feet also is a better fit for the office than its current larger space at 7606 E. 37th St. North.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The new Allstate office, which is by appointment only, will open Monday.


Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet to open at Westgate Market in September

WICHITA — A new restaurant is going to replace two retail spaces at Westgate Market near Kellogg and Dugan.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is taking 12,000 square feet where Payless ShoeSource and Fashion Bug used to be.

“It’s sort of a hybrid between sushi, Japanese Steakhouse and Chinese buffet,” says Sheryl Vickers of Kansas City, Mo.-based Copaken Brooks.

Vickers represented the restaurant in the deal.

Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented New York-based landlord Kimco Realty.

Hibachi Grill manager Michelle Guo says the restaurant will have about 10 bars with various offerings, such as sushi, Chinese food, desserts and homemade breads.

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“Thank heavens for these recession-resistant concepts that have pulled us through the past couple of years.”

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons, who did the deal for the new Dollar Tree coming to Westgate Market at 6840 W. Kellogg on March 31

Family Dollar is adding another Wichita store

WICHITA — Like Dollar General, which is bringing four new stores to Wichita, Family Dollar also appears to be expanding here.

No one with the company responded for comment, but there’s a building permit for $240,000 for 2201 E. Central.

The construction company building the store says the permit is for a new Family Dollar.

There’s been a lot of news this week about discount retailers expanding in the market.

In addition to the Family Dollar and Dollar General news, Dollar Tree announced it’s bringing another store to the area. It will open at Westgate Market on West Kellogg by April.

Dollar Tree coming to Westgate Market

WICHITA — Yet another new store is coming to Westgate Market on West Kellogg.

Dollar Tree will open at 6840 W. Kellogg on April 1.

It will join Northern Tool & Equipment, which is coming to the center in February, and Mattress Hub, which also is opening there in the new year.

Dollar Tree is taking the former Petco space, which is more than 10,000 square feet.

Leisa Lowry with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Dollar Tree.

Look for more details on this deal later today.

Fashion Bug at Westgate Market to close

WICHITA — After decades in business, Fashion Bug at Westgate Market on West Kellogg is closing.

“In the process of renegotiation, they decided to close it down,” assistant manager Vickie Krehbiel says.

The Twin Lakes and Derby Fashion Bugs will remain open.

Fashion Bug sells women’s clothing and is offering merchandise at 30-to-50 percent off until the store closes in late January.

Mattress Hub to open at Westgate Market

WICHITA — There’s going to be a new addition to Mattress Mile.

That’s how Mark Barrientos refers to the stretch of West Kellogg where several stores sell mattresses. Next year, that will include his and business partner Ryan Baty’s Mattress Hub.

They’re going to open in a new 7,000-square-foot building in Westgate Market.

“They’re actually building a brand-new building for us right next to the Office Depot,” Barrientos says.

He says that area is a great mix of shops — including competitors — to be a part of.

This will make the fourth Mattress Hub in Wichita, including express stores at Towne East Square and Towne West Square and the new showroom on North Rock Road in the former Ethan Allen space.

The Wichita-based company is opening its 10th store on Dec. 26 in Manhattan.

“It was a great year,” Barrientos says of the company’s growth.

He’s got even bigger expectations for 2011 with a planned seven to 10 new stores in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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Northern Tool & Equipment to open in former Michael’s space in Westgate Market

storefrontWICHITA — Crafters used to shop at the Michael’s in Westgate Market on West Kellogg before the chain’s latest Wichita store opened in NewMarket Square.

Now, that Westgate space is going to attract a different kind of craftsman.

Minneapolis-based Northern Tool & Equipment is taking the more than 18,000-square-foot former Michael’s space to sell tools and equipment.

“We make it a very convenient one-stop shop,” says Dave Ross, director of retail merchandising.

The company sells products in several core areas: outdoor power equipment, such as mowers and attachments; trailers and related parts; power washers; material handling goods, such as moving devices and storage units; automotive supplies, such as jacks and engine lifts; and “one of the most expansive tool selections in all hand, air and power tools,” Ross says.

Northern Tool manufactures a private label line of brands as well and is making an entrance into work clothing.

There are 67 Northern Tool stores nationally, with large concentrations in the Midwest, Texas, the Carolinas and Florida.

This will be the company’s first Kansas store.

dougmaloneDoug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the lease for New York-based Kimco Realty Corp., which owns the center.

Ross expects the store to be ready sometime in February.

He says a site selection team identified Wichita as a good market for Northern Tool according to demographics and need for the store’s products.

Ross says a second Wichita store could follow depending on how the first one does.

“We’re obviously interested in the area.”