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Planet Fitness plans 3 Wichita locations

01/20/2012 7:02 AM

01/20/2012 7:02 AM

Gold’s Gym International isn’t the only new fitness chain coming to Wichita ( Have You Heard? Jan. 12).

Planet Fitness is finalizing deals for three locations as well.

In fact, the two chains have been jockeying for some of the same spaces.

No one with Planet Fitness is talking just yet, but it looks like the company is working on locations in the former Star Lumber space at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn, at Marina Lakes at 21st and Amidon where a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is, and also in the 21st and Maize area.

The website for Planet Fitness describes its gyms as fairly basic:

“We don’t have any salespeople, and we don’t bother with all the extras like juice bars and child care that drive up costs and can make a gym membership seem more like a car payment.”

Look for more news on the deals in the coming weeks.

Melange closes

The state closed Melange Custom Jewelry at 718 W. Douglas in Delano this week for failure to pay $31,700 in sales tax.

Sedgwick County sheriff’s officers and the Kansas Department of Revenue seized all bank accounts, cash, inventory and personal property assets of owner Leslie Kinder.

Kinder couldn’t be reached for comment.

There will be a public auction of the store’s assets to pay the taxes.

Spare Jerseys

Two-month-old Jerseys Grill and Bar is doing so well in the former Johnny Carino’s space near K-96 and Webb that Jordan Allbright is already looking for a west-side Jerseys, too.

“People are loving it,” he says. “We’re already making some money.”

The former Players and Brooklyn’s Chophouse building is one space he’s checking out.

A second Jerseys probably won’t open for several months.

Allbright says he already has costs and labor under control at the first Jerseys, though he is working long days.

“About 18-hour days so far. No big deal.”

Not going Dutch

There’s lots of activity at the former Dutch Mill Bakery in Yoder, but the business isn’t reopening.

The bakery closed in September due to financial issues, and local farmer and Yoder Fence owner Eli Yoder bought the property from the bank that foreclosed on the bakery.

“We’re remodeling – totally remodeling it,” Yoder says. “I’m probably going to put it on the market again.”

If he doesn’t get what he wants for it, though, Yoder is open to putting his own business there, such as a farm store with ice cream service in the front.

“It’s kind of up in the air yet,” he says. “There’s a lot of potential there.”

You don’t say

“Trouble is, he can’t get his calls returned.”

– From a CBS Evening News story on Boeing leaving Wichita in which Mayor Carl Brewer says he feels duped and wants an explanation from the company

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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