Wal-Mart , which is working on a number of deals for Neighborhood Markets here, continues to be active in the greater Wichita area.
The Arkansas retailer is looking to build a new store in Augusta.
Wal-Mart is negotiating for land on the west side of the city along Highway 54, which also is called Seventh Street, directly west of Parks Chevrolet .
Planned at approximately 110,000 square feet, the new store would be more than double the size of the current store, which is on the north end of Augusta. That store will close when the new one opens.
A Wal-Mart spokesman didn't return a call for comment.
Eyeing Siena Plaza
Optometrist Greyson Barger is branching out on his own next month.
Barger has been with Adventure Dental & Vision for the past three years.
Now, he's opening Opticology Eyecare at Siena Plaza at 37th North and Rock Road.
"It'll just be me," Barger says of his initial plans.
He'll treat all ages, but Barger will emphasize children's vision.
He'll have a retail area for glasses as well.
Barger says he'll take care of "everything from glaucoma to glasses, I guess."
He's starting with 2,000 square feet but hopes to expand later.
"I'd rather outgrow a spot than pay for space I'm not using," Barger says.
Moving is always a pain, especially without a phone.
Just ask Tim Witsman .
The president of the Wichita Independent Business Association called to cancel the group's phone number at its North Waco address and then move it to WIBA's new headquarters at the Farmers and Bankers Building at 200 E. First St.
The cancellation part worked, but the transfer didn't.
WIBA's temporary number is 316-201-3264.
Witsman says the old number is in a sort of limbo.
"We now have astronauts and channelers trying to get it back."
You don't say
"It's gotten to the point I've almost memorized their phone number."
—Mayor Carl Brewer on staying in touch with the governor's office on the Hawker Beechcraft situation