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Ferguson Enterprises opens downtown showroom

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 6:32 a.m.

Almost a year ago, Have You Heard? reported that Ferguson Enterprises would open a new Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery downtown.

Tuesday, it finally happened.

Showroom manager Shelley Beardslee says it’s amazing being in the new space at 1210 E. Douglas, which is two blocks east of Douglas and Washington.

“This has been really hard work,” she says of preparing the building while still running the business. “The whole company has done a great job of working together and making this happen.”

General manager Jeremy Zellers calls it a “destination showroom.” Beardslee says its central location means easy access for the entire city, and she says it’s a much more visible location than the old showroom at 2222 W. Harry.

“People can actually figure out where we are down here.”

Ferguson, which is based in Newport News, Va., has 1,300 stores nationally, 150 of which have similar showrooms.

The company’s former Wichita showroom is now closed, though Ferguson is still using the building for its warehouse, HVAC department and inside sales for plumbing.

“It’s just the showroom that’s moved off site,” Beardslee says.

The former showroom, which focused on plumbing, had about 1,500 square feet.

“We were very limited as far as what we could show,” Beardslee says.

The new one has 7,000 square feet.

“Here we’re set up more as a lighting showroom.”

There also are appliances, such as refrigerators and ranges, and vanities along with all kinds of new products, Beardslee says.

The showroom will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be a grand opening June 7.

Beardslee already is enjoying seeing repeat customers visit the new space for the first time.

“They’re baffled,” she says of their surprise. “It’s great to see … that everybody enjoys it as much as we have.”

Fit like a Fox

Jake Fox has been a personal trainer and Brazilian jujitsu instructor for a long time, and now he’s ready to open his own place.

Fox and his wife, Kimberly, are opening Fox Fitness next month at 7330 W. 33rd St. North in the Ridgeport B usiness Center.

The business isn’t a gym. It will be strictly for personal and small group training.

“The personal training has taken off really over the last two years,” Fox says.

He describes Brazilian jujitsu as a system of grappling to overpower a stronger opponent. Fox says a person might learn it as a sport or for self-defense.

“It can be really … what the person wants,” he says. “That’s what’s awesome about it.”

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Dan Unruh of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Look for Fox Fitness to open in early June.

You don’t say

“Then I can get all this stuff out of my house.”

– Photographer Linda Gregory, whose brief experiment working out of her home and on location soon will be over because she’s signing a lease for the former Riverside Cup of Tea space

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

Got a hot tip or a quirky story? Call Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or e-mail crengers@wichitaeagle.com.

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