Webb & 13th Real Estate LLC , which is wholly owned by Murfin Inc. , has closed on its purchase of the Beech Lake property on the southeast corner of 13th and Webb.
Hawker Beechcraft sold two-thirds of the property for an undisclosed amount.
"We plan ultimately to develop the property with some plans to move our office headquarters out there," says Bob Young , Murfin Inc. president.
The company primarily is an oil and gas and heavy equipment business and isn't focused on real estate development.
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"That was just a good deal," Young says of the property. "That just seemed like an opportunity we couldn't let go by."
He calls it "probably the best piece of development property in town."
Young says he's spoken with developers about possibilities for the property, but there are no set plans or specific concepts.
"Right now, it's a buy-and-hold situation."
Nothing will happen until the market is stronger.
A development similar to the popular Waterfront across the street is a possibility one day.
"It'll be a first-class development," Young says. "Whatever goes up there will be world class."
Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisee Jeff Miller confirms what we suspected about his next site.
"You were right about Comotara ," he says of the
shopping center at 29th and Rock Road.
"We are going to be in the Material Comforts location."
That store already has closed.
Miller signed the new lease Friday and expects to be open by November.
The space is 4,800 square feet. About 3,500 of that will be for the restaurant, which is substantially bigger than the 2,300 square feet Five Guys has on the west side in front of Lowe's near 29th and Maize Road.
"When it's busy, we're very crowded, and we'd like to have a little more space for our guests," Miller says.
"We feel like we've been so well received in town, we'd just like a little bigger space."
The rest of the building will be used to train employees in the market.
Miller also is eyeing several downtown sites.
"We haven't committed to anything," he says.
He is shopping, though.
"We'll have several more in the area."
A Little opening
The new Lbd, etc. opens today at Bradley Fair .
Barb Mann's store, which she named for the "little black dress," is in 1,400 square feet between Bella Luna Cafe and the Frame Shop.
"I just thought, you know, in today's world with all the texting and everything, Lbd was kind of a cute little term for 'little black dress,' " Mann said when she first told Have You Heard? about the store in May.
Lbd will sell what Mann calls "upscale casual" clothing, including dresses, designer jeans and accessories such as jewelry and belts. The focus will be clothing with a streamlined, fitted look that captures what Mann calls a "Los Angeles vibe of relaxed luxury with a sexy, chic and city style."
You don't say
"My image was Wyatt Earp and the Chisholm Trail ."
—GWEDC president Vicki Pratt Gerbino , quoted in a Thursday Financial Times story about how Wichita could be a model for transforming the U.S. economy, on her impressions of the city before moving here