Carrie Rengers

Wal-Mart isn't talking about new local stores

The Wal-Mart way is, not surprisingly, to not talk about any of its deals for new stores until they're practically built — and maybe not even then.

But sources say the Arkansas retailer is still heavily scouting Wichita for more potential Neighborhood Markets .

As Have You Heard? previously reported, Wal-Mart has plans for its smaller grocery concept at Central and Maize Road and at Central and West Street.

Also, 31st South and Seneca is still percolating.

Though the company has looked at just about every important intersection in the city — and beyond — a few places that may be of particular interest keep popping up.

The chain is seriously eyeing Providence Square , the former KenMar shopping center, at 13th and Oliver. A letter of intent may even be imminent.

Also, Marina Lakes on the southwest corner of 21st and Amidon is on Wal-Mart's radar.

There's long been a buzz about the store coming there, and there's still a chance, which is welcome news to residents in the area who are hoping something revives that corner.

We'll keep you posted.

Five Guys No. 2

Next to repeated Chick-fil-A questions — when's it coming? where? —the next fast food restaurant we hear the most questions about is Five Guys Burgers and Fries .

When is the chain going to add an east-side Wichita location?

Answer: soon.

Franchisee Jeff Miller says he's just this close to signing a lease.

The Five Guys in front of Lowe's near 29th North and Maize Road opened in February.

Sources have reported several east-side sites Miller has eyed.

He reportedly looked at reconfiguring part of the former Ethan Allen space near Central and Rock Road, but that's where Mattress Hub is now going.

Comotara Center at 29th North and Rock Road was another possibility.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Miller has focused on Rock Road.

So where's the final spot?

Miller will tell us within days.

Italy beckons

Developers scout businesses all the time with the plan to possibly lure them to their developments.

It sounds like Chuck Caro is taking that to an extreme.

We hear Caro is in Italy to find a potential Italian restaurant to come to his Siena Plaza development at 37th and Rock Road.

It's hard to believe, and we can't confirm it with Caro because, of course, he's in Italy.

Sounds like he has family there, though, who just might help him make a connection.

We'll let you know how it went when he returns.

You don't say

"I can't offer you a flat-screen TV, but I've got a TV armoire and a bed set I'd like to get rid of in my garage."

Slawson Cos.' April Reed joking at a Wednesday CCIM meeting where another broker made a real offer of a flat-screen TV for any business that came his way

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