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Moonridge Plaza is the first of two new strip centers near 29th and Tyler

09/25/2013 5:00 AM

09/25/2013 6:54 AM

WICHITA — Husband and wife Manzoor and Nargis Ul-Haq are developing a new strip center near 29th and Tyler and have a second one planned.

The first, Moonridge Plaza, is a 12,000-square-foot center at 2923 N. Tyler.

"Demographics over there are absolutely incredible," says Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial, who is handling leasing at the center.

The Ul-Haqs will take part of the center's 12,000 square feet to do two shops.

The first is a party store.

The Ul-Haqs' son, Imran Manzoor, says a party store makes sense because of the lack of places that sell party supplies in that area and the frequency with which people throw parties for their children.

"It's like a mandatory thing," he says, laughing.

Manzoor says parents across all demographics throw parties for their kids.

"It's a given fact," he says. "Then there's all other holidays."

Manzoor says his family is working with Discount Party Supplies of Las Vegas. The store is similar to a franchise. However, they can choose their own name, which they haven't done yet, and carry whatever supplies they want.

The store should open by Dec. 1.

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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.

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