A third Avon Beauty Center is opening in Wichita.
"It used to be just door-to-door, and Avon opened the opportunity for any representative who wanted to . . . get a license to sell in a store setting," says Christine Watkins, who is opening the new store.
Watkins, who has been selling Avon products for a decade, is opening her store early next month in front of the Walmart on the southeast corner of Pawnee and Broadway.
"It's a great opportunity to increase my sales," she says.
With Avon Beauty Centers already in the northeast and west parts of Wichita, Watkins says she had to go south to make sure she didn't take sales from the other stores.
"It's going to be a really good opportunity for the south part of Wichita, and a great opportunity to expand Avon," Watkins says.
Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate represented Watkins in the deal, and Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord.
Watkins doesn't expect to take business from others who sell Avon in the area.
"People who have representatives are going to be loyal to their representatives."
She does, though, expect to attract new Avon customers.
"I just love helping people find their products."