WICHITA — At a time when a lot of businesses are downsizing or even closing, All Things BBQ in Delano is going to double its space.
That's after barely over a year in business.
"We just see a real strong following of people who are interested in having a place where they can come to get all of the barbecue supplies," says owner Don Cary.
He and his wife, Kathy, opened the business in 1,700 square feet at 615 W. Douglas west of the Delano clock tower in July 2009.
Now, they're taking another 1,700 at 617 W. Douglas.
Part of the expanded space will be for the Carys' Yoder Smokers. That's their company that manufactures barbecue smokers and pellet grills.
"We need more space on the floor . . . for people to be able to see them," Don Cary says.
All Things BBQ also sells items such as seasonings, rubs, marinades, fuel and barbecue accessories.
At his wife's insistence, Cary says he's adding a gift-wrapping station, which he agrees is probably a smart idea.
Cary says when he's talked with other people in the barbecue business, he's found that "when the economy tightens, their barbecue business has always gone up."
He says he found it "just interesting to hear that."
Cary feels good about his future business.
"I think it's going to continue to grow for us nicely."