WICHITA — Lane Bryant is the latest retail shop coming to the newest phase of NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.
The store is one of several — Pier 1 Imports, Kirkland's, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children's Place, Rue 21 and Christopher & Banks — that will locate in the two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.
That's also near where the new Best Buy is at the Slawson Cos. property.
"We were talking to most of these tenants when we were dealing with Best Buy and Michaels," says Slawson's Jerry Jones. "Then we had the 2008 financial crisis that just put all these deals on the back burner."
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He and broker April Reed, who handled the Lane Bryant deal among others, kept talking to the companies.
Though the deals took longer to put together than planned, Jones says it's still a win to get the businesses — especially without a full market recovery.
"We were able to do it in a time where it was challenging to put deals together," he says.