House of Schwan , the Anheuser-Busch InBev distributor for Wichita, is expanding.
The company is breaking ground in December on a 31,000-square-foot addition to its 58,000-square-foot building at 3636 N. Comotara, where it's been since the early 1980s.
Operations manager Mike Daniel says the reason for expansion is all the new product lines House of Schwan now carries.
"Exclusivity has just gone away," he says of carrying only one brand. "I think everyone just looked at their markets and looked at all the different things out there that we can carry."
Two years ago, the company began carrying energy drinks.
In the last 12 to 14 months, House of Schwan started carrying vitamin waters, flavored teas and milk. It also now offers a lot of craft beers.
"Why not have it all on one truck?" Daniel says.
He says most of the drinks are going to the same place, such as convenience stores.
Daniel says the new lines are still a small part of House of Schwan's overall business, but their sales are growing.
"It's going great."
A couple of readers had a question after seeing Thursday's item about Barrier's liquidation sale, which starts Monday.
Barrier's filed bankruptcy Oct. 23, and a judge this week approved the liquidation sale.
Marsden Brothers Promotions of Idaho is conducting the sale and plans to bring in new merchandise to sell as Barrier's stock is depleted.
The readers wondered if this is against the law.
According to Wichita code section 3.32.070, during such a sale it's unlawful to sell merchandise that's not regular stock at the store or to replenish or add items during the sale.
However, according to the City Attorney's Office, in this case the bankruptcy court's
order would prevail.
If anyone wanted to challenge that ruling, a complaint would have to go through the bankruptcy court, because it has jurisdiction.
A Barrier's question that won't be answered for a while is what will happen with the property at the northeast corner of Douglas and Oliver.
There's the jewelry and gift store and the office behind it.
It's owned by Big River LLC , and the late Jay Barrier's probate estate is its sole member.
The administrator will decide what happens with the property at a later date.
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"The more I drank, the cheaper the room got."
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