Carrie Rengers

Stein Mart returning to Wichita with east-side store

Stein Mart is returning to Wichita with a store at Greenwich Place at K-96 and Greenwich.
Stein Mart is returning to Wichita with a store at Greenwich Place at K-96 and Greenwich. Courtesy photo

The shopping news just keeps coming for Greenwich Place.

Stein Mart is returning to the Wichita market with a store at the center at K-96 and Greenwich.

“It’s a very nice center,” says Linda Tasseff, director of investor relations for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company.

Stein Mart was in Wichita previously but left in 2002. Tasseff says that was before her time at the company.

“It’s so long ago, I don’t really consider it a return,” she says.

Stein Mart, which sells discounted designer and name-brand clothing, accessories and home decor, has 283 stores in 31 states.

The store will take 32,000 square feet of a new strip center at Greenwich Place. Construction hasn’t begun yet, but the store is expected to open in the spring.

“We generally employ about 40 associates,” Tasseff says.

The more than 100-year-old company went public in 1992.

Tasseff says she thinks Stein Mart will do well at Greenwich Place.

“It’s got a really good line-up,” she says of other stores there.

The 106-acre development is already home to the Wichita Sports Forum, Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market and BuyBuy Baby.

HomeGoods, a home decor sister store to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, recently opened there.

Mardel, a Christian book and gift store, opened on Monday.

Maurices, a women’s clothing store, and Ulta Beauty are opening in October.

The highly anticipated Designer Shoe Warehouse, which is better known as DSW, is opening on Oct. 6. Then Ross Dress for Less will open on Oct. 7.

These stores are all in a line next to the three existing stores. Out closer to K-96, Cavender’s is under construction.

RibCrib is the first restaurant to be announced for the development, but there’s no opening timeline for it yet.

Tasseff says Stein Mart will study how the new Greenwich Place store does and then consider whether a west-side store would make sense for the company.

“I would say that … it’s a possibility.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers