UPDATED – Two new Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy stores are going to open in Wichita, though there’s only one that the Oklahoma-based company has details on so far.
The first will be at Fox Ridge Plaza, Marv Schellenberg’s development on Maize Road south of Menards.
“It’ll be a great addition,” Schellenberg says.
He says a Braum’s makes sense with nearby schools, apartments and all the traffic in the area.
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“We’re still working to get all the red tape taken care of,” says Amanda Beuchaw, Braum’s public relations director.
That includes necessary permits and approvals from the city.
She says according to the chain’s contract, which the company signed last month, it has two years to begin building and three years to complete the project.
“We’re hoping to get it done sooner than that.”
Beuchaw says it’s hard to say how quickly construction will proceed.
“You just really never know when you’re dealing with legalities.”
The store, which is a combination restaurant and market, will be 6,000 square feet and have the capacity to seat 80 in its restaurant. There also will be a drive-through.
Beuchaw says the store’s fresh market area will be larger than some Braum’s models.
“There will be more room for more of a selection.”
Schellenberg says Braum’s will be especially handy for people at the SunStone Apartment Homes at Fox Ridge Plaza.
“It provides a great little marketplace for all the people in the apartments.”
Braum’s has nine stores in Wichita.
“Wichita’s just been a really good market for us,” Beuchaw says.
She says Fox Ridge will be, too.
“It’s a good spot,” Beuchaw says. “We love that we’re able to get in there at the beginning of all of it.”
Krista Racine of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
J&K Investments also is building a retail center at Fox Ridge Plaza but hasn’t announced tenants yet.
Another business has purchased a pad site there but isn’t announcing anything yet. Schellenberg says that leaves two pad sites left to sell.
“We’ve just had a lot of interest up there.”
Racine also helped Braum’s with its purchase of property on the east side for another restaurant and market.
Beuchaw shared the address, but it looks like there’s still another restaurant there at the moment. The manager of the restaurant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but look for a follow-up shortly.