Davis-Moore’s Lincoln dealership moving

05/06/2014 7:13 AM

05/06/2014 7:14 AM

On the heels of Davis-Moore Auto Group announcing the sale of its Nissan dealership, Dawson Grimsley has more news.

Davis-Moore Lincoln has a new home,” he says.

The dealership is moving to the former Lexus of Wichita space near the northeast corner of Kellogg and Greenwich. Scholfield Auto Plaza’s Lexus dealership moved farther north on Greenwich near 13th Street.

“Hopefully, it’ll happen June 1,” Grimsley says of Lincoln’s move.

He says he won’t change much at the two-acre lot.

“We’ll reface it and put Lincoln signature signs and stuff up.”

Davis-Moore also is building a dealership for sales of Chrysler, Fiat and used cars on Kellogg across from Towne East Square. It will be ready in October.

Previously, the dealership announced it’s doing “a series of moves designed to prioritize business interests and increase efficiencies.”

Grimsley says there are several reasons the Lincoln move is included in those changes.

“First of all, the building that we’re in now, it’s not in the right spot,” he says of the current dealership on Kellogg between Edgemoor and Woodlawn. “It’s insufficient.”

Also, its lease is up this year.

Grimsley says the dealership also will now be next to Scholfield’s Wichita Luxury Collection.

“It just seemed to be a good fit,” he says. “Can we call that luxury row?”

The Lincoln move is a temporary one, though. Grimsley says Lincoln will be by Kellogg and Greenwich for three years and then will move to a permanent home on the Greenwich corridor.

“There’s not time to do it now,” he says of building a new home.

“That’s why we’re leasing,” he says. “There will be plenty of time to scope it out, find the right spot and build a new … Lincoln store.”

Davis-Moore purchased the Lincoln dealership from Vic Scholfield and Steve Hatchett in 1988.

Grimsley says the Lincoln dealership does well.

“It’s a luxury brand, so we don’t sell as many Lincolns,” he says, comparing it to his other dealerships. “It’s 40 to 50 vehicles a month.”

Grimsley calls Lincolns “great cars.”

“I’ve even owned a few myself, li’l buddy.”

West-side Pie

Late last year, Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens told Have You Head? that he planned to bring Pie Five Pizza to Wichita, and now he’s doing it.

Stevens’ first Wichita Pie Five will go on the lot south of his Applebee’s near Maple and Ridge Road, and it will be the first freestanding Pie Five for the Dallas-based national chain.

“I looked all over,” Stevens says of trying to find a strip center to open in. “There was nothing available.”

Stevens, who has Pie Five franchise rights in Wichita and Omaha, is breaking ground on the 2,500-square-foot restaurant Tuesday.

Originally, Stevens says, he had planned to do another restaurant concept, but former Applebee’s president Dave Goebel convinced him otherwise.

“I was talking to him about a different concept, and he said, ‘Well, you might want to take a look at Pie Five,’ ” Stevens says. “Dave is really a straight shooter.”

Stevens says he was impressed with the chain.

“Everyone that I met was just as honest and straight as you can be, as opposed to some of the franchises I’ve been involved with,” he says, adding that he’s not referring to Applebee’s.

Stevens says he likes the Pie Five food and presentation.

“It’s like a Chipotle,” he says.

Diners can pick their crust and sauce and create their own salads. Some especially hot pizza ovens bake the pizzas in four minutes.

“The one thing I like about the Pie Five concept, they do have a gluten-free crust,” Stevens says. “I thought it tastes just as good as any other pizza.”

He says he’s close on a couple of leases in Omaha and has a second site he’s looking at on Wichita’s west side.

Stevens says he thinks all four of his first Pie Fives will be open within a year and a half. He says he’d like to open two on Wichita’s east side as well.

Look for the first west-side Pie Five to open by early August.

You don’t say

“She was like Houdini.”

Kimberly Duncan on her daughter, Sydney, who escaped her mother’s attempts to get her to stop sucking her thumb until she created the Thumb Glove and turned it into an online business (www.thumbgloveonline.com)

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

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