Ferguson Enterprises is expanding its business in Wichita with a new 7,000-square-foot downtown showroom called Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery .
The Newport News, Va.-based company sells plumbing, appliances and lighting fixtures out of a 1,500-square-foot showroom at 2222 W. Harry.
It also sells heating and air equipment and has commercial and industrial pipe valves and fittings at its 45,000-square-foot campus there.
The company isn't moving but is adding a new showroom at 1210 E. Douglas, which is two blocks east of Douglas and Washington on the north side of the road. The Anchor is catty-corner across the street.
"We picked downtown because we wanted to make sure we met the needs of both the east and the west side of Wichita," says president and general manager Jeremy Zellers .
Also, he says, "The downtown area is certainly becoming more of a design district."
He says that fits with the company's concept for a high-end destination design showroom.
Of Ferguson's 1,300 stores nationally, 150 of them have these showrooms.
"They're pretty unique in the markets," Zellers says. "It's just designed real well."
Zellers says Ferguson has designers who know all aspects of what the company sells and can help customers see through entire projects.
"That's what sets us apart."
The company's current showroom has a good plumbing display, he says, but the new showroom will have a better one along with nicer areas for appliances and lighting displays.
"It's more of a one-stop shop situation," Zellers says of having everything in one place.
Zellers says Ferguson believes in the long-term growth of the Wichita market. He says as new home construction slowed in recent years, more people invested in their homes with remodeling.
That's part of what gives the company confidence to open the new 7,000-square-foot showroom, Zellers says.
Kirk Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
Zellers says after renovating the building, the new showroom should be ready late this year or early next year.
Lease is a Natural
Colorado-based Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has signed a 10-year lease for the former Borders Books space at 1715 N. Rock Road.
The chain, which is in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, has been in business since 1955. It has new stores coming to Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal locally.
Look for more information soon.
Big Dog digs
Just down from where Ferguson is opening its new showroom, the former Big Dog Motorcycles space is now on the market.
Intrust Bank foreclosed on the company at 1520 E. Douglas in April, and founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. dissolved the corporation.
He then started a new company, BDM Performance Products , to supply parts, accessories and gear for more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles.
The operation is based in Big Dog's former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building next to where the company's headquarters was.
Jeff Walenta and Scott Salome of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group have the listing for the other former Big Dog property, which they'll sell or lease.
The list price is $4,020,000.
The property includes an approximately 80,000-square-foot building, part of which was used for Big Dog's showroom, and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse.
The properties can sold separately.
Walenta says the main building has 28-foot ceilings in some places and has a clear span, meaning there are no support posts breaking up the space.
"That's hard to find," he says.
The warehouse has 26-foot-high ceilings in some areas.
Though Walenta says every property presents its own challenges to sell, he believes in this one's ability to attract attention.
"This one's unique," he says. "Not much like it on the market, so I'm confident."
You don't say
"It's so nice of the city to celebrate the opening of Bluebird with fireworks."
—Consultant Jill Miller , joking about the Wichita River Festival's fireworks coinciding with Bluebird Arthouse's grand opening Saturday in Delano