With any luck, by this time next year shoppers in east and west Wichita will have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.
It looks like the Massachusetts-based retailer is working on two possible deals here.
Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road and in the Westgate shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.
Marshalls is similar to T.J. Maxx. Marshalls is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices – “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline – though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.
No one with TJX returned calls for comment, and no one else involved in the deals is talking.
Sources, though, say here’s what’s in the works:
On the west side, Marshalls is considering locating at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. The former Borders Books space is the likely new home.
On the east side, the retailer is negotiating at Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich.
There’s about 50,000 square feet between World Market and where the new Cabela’s is going to open in 2012. One retailer could take the entire space or it could be divided. There’s also a pad site available in front of Cabela’s.
Landmark Commercial Real Estate is marketing the project.
It looked like TJX’s HomeGoods concept was briefly considered for Regency Lakes, but it sounds like that’s now off the table.
This isn’t the first time Marshalls has appeared close to a deal here, so there’s still a chance it may not happen.
We’ll let you know.
‘The front side’
Another business is moving to Andover Village at 321 S. Andover Road.
Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Computers Plus would relocate there. Now, Dave Tingley is moving his Plaza Barbers there.
He’s been in about 800 square feet at 616 N. Andover Road for seven years.
Joining Tingley will be his father, Virgil, who on Friday closed his Virgil’s Barber Shop, which he had for 17 years.
“He reached a point in his life where he kind of wants to do it part time,” Tingley says of his father.
“It’s something we’ve talked about for a couple of years,” he says. “The timing seems right.”
They’ll both continue to offer traditional barber services.
“We still want to keep it comfortable for our older generation,” Tingley says.
He’s also adding salon services such as manicures, waxing and possibly massage.
“For long-term business purposes, that’s where I see the industry going,” Tingley says.
It’s what competitors such as Sport Clips Haircuts are doing. So far the closest one is in east Wichita, but Tingley wants to be ready.
“I would rather be on the front side of that rather than the back side of that trying to keep up.”
The shop, which will be in 1,300 square feet, is going to offer an increased Redken line of products.
Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal.
Tingley’s projected opening at the new space is March 10.
“We’re hoping to be able to open a little sooner than that, but I don’t know if we can pull that off. We’ve got a lot to do in 90 days.”
Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.