After less than a year in business, the Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center has closed.
"You know, we just never really got to first base over there," says managing partner Steve Hatchett . "Our timing was bad."
The dealership opened late last year in the former Saturn dealership at 8800 W. Central.
That's near where Hatchett's group has a new and used Hyundai dealership.
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"It was one too many used cars lots in the same area," Hatchett says.
Part of the issue, he says, is "it's got a pretty steep overhead because it was a full dealership."
Now, Hatchett is looking for a franchise to put there, though he'd rather not say which ones he's eyeing.
"I hate to say because, you know, there's other guys looking at the same stuff."
It might be a new franchise or what Hatchett calls a second point, meaning a second site for a franchise that's already in Wichita.
"It may take a while," Hatchett says. "There's probably nothing that's going to happen real quick."
He's also looking for a deal at the former east side Saturn dealership at Central and Greenwich.
"We plan on filling both those Saturn stores here within the next year."
Hatchett says he'll let us know as soon as he has a deal.
John Jenkins and some partners in Fear Fest Haunted House began looking for space early this year for a couple of haunted houses they want to open this Halloween.
"Unfortunately, Realtors don't want to lease to haunted houses," Jenkins says.
He discovered that Towne West Square , in another move to reinvent itself, does.
"Towne West was willing to lease to us, and that's why we're there."
The company will have two haunted houses: A traditional one called Morbid Manor and a second haunt with 3D clowns.
Also, there will be a coffin simulator ride where people can feel what it's like to be buried — complete with smells similar to being underground while dirt is being thrown over your grave.
The attractions open Sept. 24 and run through Oct. 31.
Jenkins says he's leasing 10,000 square feet next to Denim & Diamonds and will have an outside entrance so visitors don't have to enter the mall itself.
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"I was like, maybe I missed the memo."
—Nathan Carr , co-owner of Burrus Carr , on how over a two-day period he called 14 people, all of whom were either coming from, going to or on vacation