Specialty tile retailer plans Wichita location

05/09/2014 10:52 AM

05/09/2014 10:52 AM

A Minneapolis-based specialty retailer of tiles and accessories says Wichita is among a number of cities where it plans to open stores this year and next.

Officials from the Tile Shop declined on Friday to disclose an exact location for the Wichita store, which they said in an e-mail to The Eagle is slated for a 2015 opening.

“With Wichita being a growing market, and the largest city in Kansas, it has all of the characteristics of a city where we wanted to expand the Tile Shop presence,” said Carl Randazzo, senior vice president of retail for the Tile Shop, which operates 92 stores in 30 states.

It already has a store in Overland Park and another in Shawnee, both in Johnson County.

The company, whose stock is traded on Nasdaq, operates stores at an average size of 23,000 square feet. The stores offer more than 5,000 different types of manufactured and natural stone tiles, accessories and do-it-yourself installation tools and supplies.

The company’s website is www.tileshop.com.

Wichita is one of 12 cities where the Tile Shop plans to open stores. The other cities are: Denver; Tampa, Fla.; Mentor, Ohio; Columbia, S.C.; Colonie, N.Y.; North Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C.; Wexford and Montgomeryville, Pa.; Brandon, Fla.; and Eatontown, N.J.

It recently opened stores in: Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin and Southlake, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Scottsdale and Tempe, Ariz.; Lincoln Park, Ill.; and Shrewsbury, Mass.

The company recorded $64.3 million in sales and $3.7 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014.

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