Strip center to join restaurants along Ridge Road corridor
05/13/2014 5:00 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Restaurants aren't the only new businesses that will be opening in the Ridge Road corridor between Kellogg and Maple.
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partners Scott Redler and Bill and Randy Simon also will be building a strip center on the approximately four acres they have along the corridor.
Have You Heard? this week reported that Abuelo's will be opening at the northeast corner of Taft and Ridge Road, which is south of where Randy Simon has a Panera Bread next to a Freddy's. There's also a Twin Peaks under construction across Ridge Road.
Redler says he's not sure how soon construction will start on the center. He says it depends on when the first tenant signs.
The 8,400-square-foot strip center will be to the north of Abuelo's.
"We probably have room for one restaurant, and the rest would be retail-oriented," Redler says. "We're restaurateurs, and we want to make sure we have ample parking for all the restaurants. ... Parking's so critical."
He says Freddy's and Panera do well and will require some extra parking.
Redler says he thinks Abuelo's will do well, too.
"They really do a great job," he says. "I'm personally a big fan of (Abuelo's) chile rellenos."
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