WICHITA — More than three years after entering Kansas with three lumber stores, Tulsa-based Mill Creek Lumber is preparing to open the first of three Mill Creek Flooring Centers.
The first will be in almost 16,000 square feet at 6422 W. Kellogg in the former Advance Auto Parts space (which most recently has been a temporary Halloween shop).
"It seems like that's where most of the larger carpet dealers are," Jack Rodden, president of Mill Creek Flooring Center, says of the west side. "We thought getting right there in between them would be the best thing to do."
The company also plans an east-side site and a third site in a yet-to-be-determined area.
"We're looking every day," Rodden says.
Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the West Kellogg deal.
The store, which makes the 22nd for the company, will open June 15.
Rodden says he hopes to have the next deal done by the end of the year.
The stores will sell carpet, wood, ceramic, laminate and vinyl. They also will have windows, doors and cabinets, which will be in a full, working kitchen where a chef will cook once a month for designers and decorators.
Rodden says the ideal mix of customers for the flooring center is 35 percent builders and 65 percent retail shoppers.
Mill Creek Lumber entered Kansas in late 2006 when it purchased Thomas Lumber. It has stores in Wichita, just off of West Kellogg at 4010 W. Irving St., Belle Plaine and Wellington.
"They're doing a pretty good job getting quite a few builders now," Rodden says.
He says the flooring and lumber businesses will complement each other.