WICHITA — After a period of some hard consideration, Brooke Hebert has decided to move her Pink Saloon from Douglas and Oliver to the new addition of the Waterfront at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.
"It's been really good where we're at, so it wasn't an easy decision," she says.
Pink Saloon, a women's clothing shop, had been in El Dorado for three years before moving to Wichita five years ago to the same center where Aspen Boutique is.
Hebert says her business has grown every year she's been in Wichita, but she says the majority of her clients are in east Wichita.
"They come from all over," Hebert says, but "the east side's really strong for us."
The new Whole Foods Market, which is set to open at the Waterfront on Sept. 10, is part of the lure.
"Whole Foods, obviously, is a great anchor," Hebert says.
She says she also likes other tenants at the Waterfront, which includes a more developed addition on the northeast corner.
On the northwest corner, the 51,000-square-foot first phase is nearing completion.
In the Bag Cleaners last week announced it will have a store there, and Equity Bank also will be to the north of the building that will be home to the cleaners, Pink Saloon and Whole Foods. There are spaces for several other tenants as well, and there's another 14,000-square-foot building coming with the second phase of development, along with a smaller building in front of that with up to 4,000 square feet.
"We are getting ready to start Phase 2," says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II.
He says Pink Saloon will make a great addition.
"You're starting to see now how visible this center is, and I think that location will make a big difference for her," Clark says.
Hebert says her store will have a new look.
"It's going to be completely different, actually, as far as the aesthetic," she says.
"The space is going to be really cool," Clark says.
Hebert won't share details yet, though.
"It's going to be a surprise."
She says the new store will be ready sometime in the fourth quarter.
At 1,800 square feet, Hebert says, her store will be smaller than her current 2,800 square feet, but "it's not going to change our product mix." She says she may even expand some lines.
Hebert says she's excited about the move.
"Anytime you change and evolve, it's just really exciting."
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.
Carl Hebert is Brooke Hebert's brother-in-law. This was the first time the two worked together.
"He really helped me through this process," Brooke Hebert says. "It was really fun to work with him."
Law Kingdon Architecture designed the center, and the Law Co. is the contractor.
"We're about where we'd thought we would be," Clark says of the center's progress. "Things are going well."
He says there should be more news soon.
"We've got some great tenants that have signed up and that we're talking to."