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Thunderbird Tactical to embark on $5 million expansion in northeast Wichita

07/30/2013 6:15 AM

07/30/2013 6:15 AM

An artist’s rendering of what the new Thunderbird Tactical will look like. WICHITA — Most business people would consider it a pretty big leap to do what Ryan and Jennifer Pennock are about to do.

They're planning to move their Thunderbird Tactical from a 1,000-square-foot retail space in Delano to a more than 26,000-square-foot store with a shooting range on the east side.

Ryan Pennock is almost nonchalant about it, though.

"This was always our end game," he says.

The Pennocks opened their store three years ago at 406 N. Seneca. Ryan Pennock says it was a different economic climate for borrowing then.

"We just didn't have enough capital to do this facility," he says of what they're now planning.

"We're pretty proud of what we've been able to do," Pennock says. "We're busy, busy, busy,"

The Pennocks aren't sharing precisely where they're planning to build just yet, but Ryan Pennock says it's in northeast Wichita and has easy access to K-96.

"It's a big difference," he says of what's in the works.

The Pennocks have been contracting with an outdoor range for customer training. With the new location, there will be 24 shooting lanes, all of which will be air conditioned and have HEPA filtration.

That's significant, Pennock says, because the store will particularly cater to professionals, such as workers who want to pop in over their lunch hours for shooting practice.

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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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