Reb Boutique's first grand opening was April 23 in Old Town Square . Now, owners Glenda Sue and AJ Morris are preparing for their second grand opening — this time in a new location.
"We decided to get a larger space with more visibility," Glenda Sue Morris says.
They're moving the shop, which sells fabrics, clothing and furniture, to the former Tux Shop space in front of Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.
"I did my pros and cons list," Glenda Sue Morris says. "It was a hard decision."
She says parking isn't ideal in Old Town when the weather isn't nice.
"I'm just fortunate enough to have some good word of mouth," she says. "But you know what? I'm not going to make it in the winter. I know that. I can feel it in my gut."
In April, Have You Heard? reported that the Morrises and Rebecca Simpson split their onetime partnership in a shop they had planned for the Reb space, and Simpson then opened Rebecca's two doors down.
Glenda Sue Morris says that has nothing to do with her decision to leave the area.
"No, no," she says. "I've emotionally just tucked that away."
The new Reb space will be more than 4,000 square feet compared with the 1,300 square feet of storefront space the store has now.
Glenda Sue Morris says the new grand opening will be Sept. 9, "ready or not."
Rue the day Oct. 28
Rue21 is coming to Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road.
The clothing store, which targets teens and young adults, will open in 4,500 square feet of the 7,500 square feet between Maurices and Dressbarn just south of Target .
Construction began Monday, and the store should open Oct. 28.
There will be more Marketplace news coming this fall.
"We do have a couple of different junior anchors that we're getting extremely close with," says developer Mark McPherson .
The stores, which could be anywhere from 15,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, are similar in size to stores like Bed Bath & Beyond , T.J. Maxx and Best Buy —not that those are necessarily the stores that are coming.
Look for more information soon.
Not such a snap
On Monday, Snap Fitness franchisee Paul Johnson didn't have many answers about why his fitness center abruptly shut its doors at the Wichita Executive Centre over the weekend.
He said he and his partners would have news Tuesday, but he didn't return calls for comment.
"It sounds like you've had a chance to speak with him more than I have," says Patrick Strait , communications manager for the Minnesota-based chain.
Strait says he's "basically just trying to understand what the heck happened."
He says his office was flooded with calls from members wondering what's going on.
"I guess them and us both for the most part," Strait says. "We didn't have any advance notice.
"Every once in a while... we kind of get blindsided by this, too."
You don't say
"Most people don't care, unless you're just looking for someone's name to go 'nanna-nanna boo-boo' to."
—Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton talking about publication (which is required by law) in The Eagle of the names of people behind on their property taxes