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Planet Sub is now open on the West side

Tuesday, January 26 2016 1:57 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
The restaurant is in the former Metro Grill space at Central and Maize Road. Read more here:  

PepperJax Grill to open in former Cinnamon’s Deli space in northwest Wichita

Wednesday, January 20 2016 8:56 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
PepperJax Grill, a regional chain based in Omaha, is coming to Wichita with at least three restaurants and possibly four. “We are going to go national across the United States,” says president and CEO Gary Rohwer. Currently, there are 40 restaurants in the chain “that is growing quite rapidly,” he says. The first Wichita location … Read Article

IHOP to open at Southfork on Jan. 25th

Friday, January 8 2016 8:55 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
Wichita’s newest IHOP is going to open late this month at the Southfork development at the southwest corner of 47th Street South and I-135. Ali Issa says he’s hiring now. He needs quite a few employees because the restaurant will be a 24-hour business, though not immediately. “It might take six weeks,” Issa says of getting established. Openi… Read Article

Group to buy, redevelop former Spaghetti Works building downtown

Monday, December 28 2015 10:16 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
The long-vacant former Spaghetti Works building downtown soon will have a new owner. Eagle File photo BY CARRIE RENGERS After a long period of inactivity, it looks like there’s once again hope for the redevelopment of the former Spaghetti Works building downtown. Through their Seneca Property LLC, … Read Article

Firehouse Subs opens at Regency Lakes

Tuesday, December 8 2015 9:44 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY CARRIE RENGERS [email protected]   Wichita’s third Firehouse Subs opened on Monday. “It’s been kind of a soft opening, which has been fine with me,” says Andy Reece. He and his wife, Megan, own the Firehouse at Kellogg and Rock Road and the new one inRegency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich. “The design of the restauran… Read Article

Ecclesia coffee shop to open at Maple and Ridge Road

Tuesday, December 8 2015 9:39 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
BY CARRIE RENGERS [email protected]   Rochelle Stroh first began working in restaurants at age 18 and eventually went into management for Chick-fil-A. Restaurant experience isn’t the biggest motivation for her new Ecclesia coffee shop, though. “God just really put it on my heart that I was supposed to be in minis… Read Article

Landmark was recognized as one of the best places to work in Wichita!

Thursday, December 3 2015 2:30 PM
Categorized In Press Releases
Thirty companies were honored this week at the Wichita Business Journal's 2015 Best Places to Work Awards, sponsored by Meritrust. The companies were finalists because they scored highest on employee engagement surveys taken by their staffs. Click on this link to see pictures from the event:… Read Article

Sedgwick County’s new tag office will be at Douglas and Meridian

Thursday, December 3 2015 11:42 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY DANIEL SALAZAR [email protected]   A new tag office with more parking spaces will finally open next year. Sedgwick County commissioners unanimously approved the contract for a new office at a former Dillons store on the southwest corner of Douglas and Meridian. The county’s current tag office is at 200 W. Murdock.&n… Read Article

Sedgwick County may purchase former Dillons property for new tag office

Thursday, November 19 2015 8:22 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY CARRIE RENGERS For anyone who has ever struggled to find parking at the county’s main tag office at Murdock and Water or been stuck in a crowded line there or left standing when there haven’t been enough chairs, there’s hope. The county is close to a deal to purchase the 20,000-square-foot former Dillons building at the sout… Read Article

Xtreme Helmets to open showroom near 29th and Ridge Road

Wednesday, November 18 2015 9:02 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
Screenshot from website Courtesy of BY CARRIE RENGERS Lisa Greenwood has no problem admitting she has “a weird fascination for helmets.” “I don’t know how to explain it,” she says. “I like the graphics. I like the technology. And I like providing safety gear for people. It mak… Read Article

Marriott’s Starwood purchase shouldn’t slow down Wichita’s new Aloft

Tuesday, November 17 2015 8:53 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
Monday’s news that Marriott International is buying the Starwood hotel chain in a $12.2 billion deal didn’t faze hotelier Jim Korroch, who is helping Great Plains Ventures open a Starwood property in Wichita. “Starwood and Marriott have two of the very top … guest loyalty programs,” Korroch s… Read Article

Planet Sub to open in former west-side Metro Grill space

Friday, November 13 2015 11:32 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
Linda and Doug Brantner are opening their second Planet Sub, this time on the west side where customers have been requesting one. Courtesy photo BY CARRIE RENGERS A new restaurant is opening in the former Metro Grill space at Central and Maize Road, and it’s one that west-siders have been requesting for some time. Doug… Read Article

Downtown Wichita project mixes 100-year-old rehab with futuristic parking deck

Thursday, November 5 2015 8:47 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY DAN VOORHIS The Wichita Eagle Exchange Place, at Market and Douglas, is an absolute mess. So is the Bitting Building, across the street. But that’s a good thing. Work on the conversion of two long-vacant office buildings into apartments – plus the addition of a new apartment building and a radical, partly automated new parking gara… Read Article

SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza opening ahead of schedule

Wednesday, November 4 2015 9:51 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
  The new DQ Grill & Chill near 37th and Maize Road was built in what seemed like a speedy amount of time. Julie Mah The Wichita Eagle BY CARRIE RENGERS The Wichita Eagle   Along with new apartments that were announced for just north of 37th and Maize Road last month (Have You Heard? Oct. 22),&nb… Read Article

Phil Ruffin to buy Epic Center for $11.5 million

Wednesday, November 4 2015 9:29 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
On Dec. 1, Phil Ruffin will close on his purchase of the Epic Center for $11.5 million. Fernando Salazar File photo BY CARRIE RENGERS The Wichita Eagle   Phil Ruffin has changed his mind. In August, the billionaire businessman said he was interested in buying the Epic Center, but only for $10 million. On Dec. 1, he’l… Read Article

Blarney Stone sports bar to open in former east-side Larry Bud’s space

Monday, November 2 2015 8:47 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
“We’re going to definitely, definitely support WSU athletics as much as humanly possible,” Steve Peters says. “We’re just really big on WSU sports.” The spot catered to Shocker fans as Larry Bud’s as well. Dave Williams File photo BY CARRIE RENGERS The Wichita Eagle A new ba… Read Article

Cox Solutions store to open by west-side Abuelo’s

Monday, November 2 2015 8:42 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
BY CARRIE RENGERS The Wichita Eagle There’s another new business coming to Ridge Road between Kellogg and Maple, and this time it isn’t a restaurant. Cox Communications is opening one of its Solutions stores in almost 3,000 square feet of the 14,000-square-foot center where Abuelo’s is.   Abuelo’s – one of numero… Read Article

Hickerson Furniture reconfigures space as 60,000-square-foot complex sells

Monday, November 2 2015 8:30 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
BY CARRIE RENGERS The Wichita Eagle For a few years, Larry Busch has been wanting to reconfigure the space for his Hickerson Furniture, which is on East Harry between Woodlawn and Rock Road, but his landlord didn’t allow it. Now, the 60,000-square-foot, four-building complex – part of which is where the store is – ha… Read Article

Brokers seeing renewed interest in downtown

Friday, October 30 2015 8:40 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
More commercial real estate activity as downtown revitalization perks up. Click on the link to read more:  

Here's where downtown will grow next

Friday, October 30 2015 8:30 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
The city of Wichita is priming for downtown commercial development. There’s a lot of activity happening and coming, says Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and Scott Knebel, the city’s downtown development coordinator. Key Construction has begun work on the Exchange Place project on Douglas.   “I think the ter… Read Article
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