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.