Carrie Rengers

Second PostNet will open at 135th, Maple

Wichita's second PostNet is going to open in a few months at Auburn Pointe , an Occidental Management property at 135th West and Maple.

Jim and Liz Anderson opened the first PostNet, a FedEx Office competitor, at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich in late 2008.

The Andersons are helping Ron and Bonnie Fehr open the west-side PostNet.

"We're helping to grow the area in Kansas," Liz Anderson says. "We want them to be successful. It's all part of the program."

Even though the Andersons opened at a tough time, they've had success.

"Even in tough times, you have to market your business," Liz Anderson says of customers who buy marketing materials like postcards.

She says her store's niche is catering to small businesses and people who work from home.

The Fehrs initially looked north for a location, but the Andersons encouraged them to go west — though not as far as Hutchinson, which the Fehrs also considered.

Occidental's Brady Miller handled the deal at Auburn Pointe.

A west store "is just sort of the natural next... step," Liz Anderson says.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for PostNet to help build its brand here in Kansas."

Clean quarters

Also at Auburn Pointe, Nancy and Mark Staal are opening their second Martinizing Dry Cleaning .

"We like the demographics," Nancy Staal says of the area.

Their first store opened almost four years ago at Siena Plaza at 37th North and Rock.

The 1,000-square-foot Auburn Pointe store will open in mid-May.

Occidental chairman Gary Oborny handled the deal. Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Martinizing.

Nancy Staal says more locations are likely.

"We'll do maybe up to four... locations total."

Soft pedaling

In the final bit of Auburn Pointe news of the day, Lee Engler plans to open his Lee's Bike Shop there on Friday (Have You Heard? , Feb. 9).

The former landscape architect for WDM Architects plans a soft opening with a grand opening to follow May 22.

You don't say

"We're trying to reverse the recession all by ourselves."

—Occidental's Gary Oborny on how his company is trying to make some deals