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Partners buy Jim’s building in Delano

12/05/2012 7:18 AM

12/05/2012 7:18 AM

A partnership led by Delano inhabitant InSite Real Estate Group has purchased the former Jim’s Builders Hardware building at 567 W. Douglas.

That’s just around the clock tower from where the company’s office is at 608 W. Douglas.

Jim’s closed about a month ago after more than three decades in business ( Have You Heard? Oct. 30).

“Obviously, we were disappointed to see such a … longstanding business in Delano close their doors,” says InSite broker Carl Hebert.

InSite was the winning bidder for the 5,000-square-foot building at an auction held by McCurdy Auction. The deal will close later this month for an undisclosed price.

Hebert says the firm plans significant renovations for the space.

“We have a track record of … doing renovations and delivering high-quality buildings here in Delano,” he says. “We love officing in Delano, and it’s a commitment to the area to make renovations to the building.”

Hebert says the building could accommodate one or two tenants “just kind of depending on what the market dictates.”

He says that could be for between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet.

“Hopefully there will be more news to follow.”

Ohhhhh, Domino’s

Domino’s Pizza franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight, who own Gusto LLC, are expanding in several ways.

Last week, they opened a Derby location in the strip center in front of Target at Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road. That’s the same center as the Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

Late this month, the McKnights are opening another location in Wichita in the same center as Yamasa, which is on the west side of Hillside just south of Central.

This makes six restaurants for the couple in the Wichita area.

Also late this month, the McKnights are opening a Hutchinson Domino’s at 2500 N. Main.

They also own three Domino’s sites in Topeka and seven in Kansas City with one more on the way yet this year.

Mike McKnight says he and his wife likely will open two more locations in Wichita in the second and third quarters of next year.

They’re looking to the far east and far west of the greater Wichita area.

“It just depends when we find the locations we like.”

Final hurdle

The issue of whether developers can get extra parking for a bar and grill in the former Barrier’s space is heading to City Council.

A District Advisory Board considered the issue Monday with a packed audience in attendance.

Many of the 70 or so people who were there are opposed to the 2 a.m. closing time brothers Brad and Brent Steven want for their new Hill Bar & Grill.

The board voted 8 to 1 in favor of allowing building owners Christian Ablah and W.G. Farha to raze a duplex near the building for more parking.

The City Council likely will consider the issue early in the new year.

Ready for business

There’s some activity going on at Phil Ruffin’s Sunburst Plaza at 1725, which is at 1725 E. Douglas and is best known as the home of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

There are about 2,500 square feet adjacent to the former Integrity Auto Group space that is being readied for a new tenant.

A deal for that tenant is imminent. We’ll let you know when it closes.

You don’t say

“Everybody says, ‘Aren’t you excited?’ Yes, I’m hyperventilating.”

PepsiCo sales rep RaNee McKasson, who is retiring after more than 26 years and is finding she has a lot to wrap up by the end of the month

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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