Ryan and Jennifer Pennock are opening a tactical firearms supply shop in Delano, which Ryan Pennock says "is kind of a fancy way to say a gun store."
Thunderbird Tactical will open in mid-September on the northeast corner of Second and Seneca.
"We were trying to come up with a unique name... that was kind of a strong name but also one that wouldn't turn off the female customers," Ryan Pennock says.
Thunderbird Tactical will be a specialty gun store focusing on the kinds of guns used in home defense and ones that are permissible with a concealed-carry permit.
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"We're not going to have hunting-type rifles," Pennock says.
He says they'll offer all kinds of accessories and NRA and concealed-carry classes.
Pennock says they'll also have a selection of modern sporting rifles.
"The industry is pushing pretty hard to get away from the assault rifle terminology," he says. "It's just really kind of a nomenclature change."
Several years ago, the Pennocks had Communication Systems in Hutchinson, where they sold two-way radios and paging systems.
"We worked with a lot of the law enforcement agencies around the state," Ryan Pennock says. "We were looking for something to work with them again."
A gun shop made sense, he says.
"Both the wife and I are pretty passionate shooters. It was a good fit for us."
On a roll
Tracy's Automotive owner Mike Ryno has purchased the former Marine World building to start a new Tire Pros franchise.
"We already do tires, we just want to get into it a little bit more," Ryno says.
"If it's on a car, we basically do it," he says of his business.
Tracy's is on the southwest corner of First and St. Francis. Ryno's new building is on the southeast corner.
"We're just getting it ready to use," he says of the space. "We did a ton of cleaning and painting."
Ryno says going with the Tire Pros franchise allows for several things, such as new warranties.
"We get some better pricing on some tires, and we're able to give better discounts because of that," he says.
Look for Ryno's new business to open in about a month.
Cutting back sweets
If you've noticed that your favorite Wonder or Hostess store has closed, you're not alone.
Hostess is consolidating its retail outlets, which carry overrun items, nationally.
The goal is "profitability and efficiencies of running these stores," says Becky Madeira , vice president of communications.
In Wichita, the company has closed stores at 10607 W. Maple, 3635 W. Douglas and 4830 E. Lincoln.
There is still a store at 5010 S. Broadway, which will remain open.
You don't say
"Come hear all the dirt on Brett Harris , as if there hasn't already been enough."
—Car dealer Dawson Grimsley , who is one of several people prepared to poke some fun at the B98 morning show host at a July 20 roast to benefit Senior Services of Wichita