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Construction begins on three storage facilities made to look like retail centers

Friday, November 1 2019 12:11 PM
Categorized In Press Releases
A Greenville, S.C.-based developer is bringing a new concept in self-storage facilities to Wichita. Construction has started on three new buildings that are designed to look more like retail centers instead of the traditional, gated self-storage facilities Wichita is used to. And each of the three-story, climate-controlled buildings is going up … Read Article

CCIM forum: Commercial retail in Wichita slow to pick up on national trends

Monday, October 21 2019 2:40 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
By Shelby Reynolds   Some of the latest trends in commercial retail show we can expect to see more innovative entertainment and dining options. Clothing brands may open a store simply for customers to try on clothes and get fitted for sizes. Retailers have created temporary pop-up shops with interactive experiences to test their newest products. And the… Read Article

The Waterfront lands a cold, cold business

Tuesday, October 15 2019 11:13 AM
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Chiropractors Andrew Roy and Jeff Drake are starting a new business together at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road. They’re opening Restore Hyper Wellness & Cryotherapy early next year in the former LivingSound space near Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Restore Hyper Wellness is an Austin-based franchise that offers a range of ser… Read Article

One of Wichita’s longtime favorite older restaurants may be moving

Friday, October 11 2019 11:22 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
One of Wichita’s longtime favorite older restaurants may be moving. Cafe Bel Ami has been in the O’Rourke Title Building downtown for more than 20 years. Owner Nabil Bacha says he can’t even remember how long it’s been. He’s more concerned with the future at the moment and where might be best to move. “I think… Read Article

Who's coming to the Spaghetti Works District and when they're opening

Wednesday, October 9 2019 5:35 PM
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Once the fences bordering Naftzger Park went down a few weeks ago, better views of the under-construction Spaghetti Works District proved the mixed-use project is nearly complete. Martin Pringle Law Firm, the anchor tenant of the building, relocated its offices there last week. HomeGrown got the approval it needed from the city last week to serve food and d… Read Article

Wichita company’s new headquarters is ‘the best of everything’

Monday, October 7 2019 2:02 PM
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Village Travel is moving into its new headquarters this week, which makes the fourth building the company has built over seven sites in almost four decades. “We get better every time,” says president Jeff Arensdorf. “We’re learned a little bit every time, so this is kind of the best of everything.” The company is moving from… Read Article

Husband and wife become glass gurus to help homeowners with window repairs

Friday, October 4 2019 2:39 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Valarie and Michael Gomm considered a number of franchises before settling on Glass Guru of Wichita. There are about 80 Glass Guru franchises nationally, but none are in Kansas. “We saw that as an opportunity,” Michael Gomm says. Even more, he says, they saw an opportunity to help people. “We thought it was a service that … Read Article

Think you remember the old Coleman Co. space? Cocoa Dolce has a surprise

Wednesday, October 2 2019 5:00 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
Anyone who has ever stepped into the longtime Coleman Co. space at the southwest corner of Second and St. Francis likely would be stunned to see it now. The once-industrial space has become a gleaming, modern headquarters for Cocoa Dolce, and the transformation of the 21,000-square-foot building is proving transformational for the 60-person company, to… Read Article

A very happy told-you-so Trader Joe’s opening date

Friday, September 20 2019 5:00 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
In a very happy case of we told you so, Trader Joe’s now confirms it is going to open at Bradley Fair on Oct. 11. Last month, sources told Have You Heard? it looked like it would be more like October when the doors open. Previously, a Trader Joe’s spokeswoman said the store would open by the end of the year. A few minutes be… Read Article

Coming to Revolutsia: a collaborative project that’s just a little hard to explain

Thursday, September 19 2019 5:08 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
The latest Revolutsia lease is a little difficult to explain, but Courtney Bengtson says things should be a little more clear by move-in early next year. Bengtson is director of strategic initiatives for the Wichita Community Foundation. The Foundation is partnering with the Knight Foundation on a project that they hope will enhan… Read Article

Gun distributorship opens, and a firearms store and shooting academy will follow

Tuesday, September 17 2019 2:11 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A search for a warehouse led John Hwang of Auburn, Wash., to Wichita. And he’s ended up with much more than just a building. In addition to a warehouse for his Rainier Arms gun distributorship, Hwang also now has a house here and is reopening a gun range and retail shop at the former Thunderbird Firearms Academy at 2831 N.… Read Article

Massive new flooring and decor store to open at Kellogg and Webb Road next week

Thursday, September 12 2019 5:45 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
By Carrie Rengers SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 05:00 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 09:35 PM   The new Floor & Decor is opening in the 90,000-square-foot one-time Builders Square space at 9609 E. Kellogg across from Costco next week with several festivities and giveaways. “Picture a home improvement sto… Read Article

First of two TGC Group Opportunity Zone projects kicks off

Tuesday, September 10 2019 5:48 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY CARRIE RENGERS SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 05:00 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 09:48 PM       Now that Mead’s Corner has been demolished, what’s next for the northwest corner of Douglas and Emporia? First, a lot of site work. “Interestingly enough if you think about it, there’s some of that dirt that hasn&rsquo… Read Article

Aria Bakery at Normandie Center will be part business, part labor of love

Monday, September 2 2019 9:23 PM
Categorized In Press Releases
A decade after leaving Iran to search for new opportunities in the United States, Omid Hashemi is pursuing his version of the American dream: to own his own bakery. “It was his dream job always,” said his wife, Mahshid Alipour Hashemi. “He loves cooking and baking.” In a couple of weeks, the two will open Aria Bakery in the former Swe… Read Article

Wanted: A wine bar, deli or tavern to complete downtown’s Spaghetti Works District

Friday, August 30 2019 7:44 PM
Categorized In Press Releases
Ground was broken exactly a year ago, and since then, Wichitans have watched as a fancy new two-story modern brick building complex has gone up on the 600 block of East Douglas, east of Naftzger Park. Tenants will soon be moving into the space, dubbed Spaghetti Works District for the neighboring historic building where Spaghetti Works res… Read Article

REI Co-op now confirms its Wichita store, which will include a full-service bike shop

Thursday, August 29 2019 9:26 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
REI Co-op now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in July. The Seattle-area cooperative is taking 20,000 square feet at Greenwich Place at K-96 and Greenwich. It’s already under construction along Greenwich at the west side of the development. The outdoor store will open in the spring. REI carries men’s, wom… Read Article

Charles Koch-backed foundation to help open ‘sober active community’ center downtown

Tuesday, August 27 2019 8:23 AM
Categorized In Press Releases
A new “sober active community” center is going to open on the outskirts of Wichita’s biggest bar and entertainment district with help from the Stand Together Foundation, which Charles Kochand 700 other business people and philanthropists lead. The Phoenix has purchased the 9,400-square-foot building at 145 N. Wa… Read Article

It’s going to be a bit of a wait, but east Wichita is getting some more taco options

Monday, August 26 2019 9:27 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A couple of years ago, talk first circulated that Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos was coming to Wichita. The company said that wasn’t the case, but something clearly has changed. Torchy’s now has a lease for the former Mattress Firm space at 21st and Rock Road. That’s also the former Clark’s … Read Article

Wichita is down a Walt’s, but a new restaurant will move in soon

Thursday, August 22 2019 9:14 AM
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Wichita is down a Walt’s. But it’s about to gain another burrito place. Walt’s Famous Hamburgers at 1710 S. West St. quietly closed earlier this month. Owner Cindi Mann bought the restaurant 12 years ago from Mike Doss — whose family owns most of the other Walt’s in town. She was approached, she said, by the owner of Los Mexican … Read Article

Thrive Restaurant Group thinks the world could use a little Peace, Love and Pie

Wednesday, August 21 2019 4:25 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Who can’t get behind a little Peace, Love and Pie? That’s what Jon Rolph and his team at Thrive Restaurant Group are banking on with their latest concept. “We really believe that a lot of people have an emotional connection to pie,” Rolph says. He says that could be from when their moms or grandmothers made… Read Article
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