Carrie Rengers

Goodwill picks Rock, Harry for 16th store

Goodwill Industries of Kansas is preparing to open its 16th store, this time at the Cherry Creek shopping center on the southwest corner of Harry and Rock Road.

This will make the fifth Goodwill store in Wichita.

"It'll just be like all of our other stores, offering good bargains to people," says president Emily Compton .

Proceeds go to help pay for programs and services for people with disabilities and those who face employment barriers.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the lease on the 13,800-square-foot space.

Compton says there's one chief reason why the new store will go at Harry and Rock Road.

"It's the seventh-busiest intersection in Wichita."

Mountain remodeling

It looks like Gander Mountain may soon be remodeling its store at WaterWalk .

Nationally, the Minnesota-based company has been planning remodels at a number of stores along with adding indoor shooting ranges.

There's no official announcement on when — or if — the remodeling is happening here, but it's looking very likely.

"It is under serious consideration," says spokesman David Ewald .

"We are continuing to announce remodels."

Remodeling includes what Ewald calls "significant changes" to fixtures, sight lines and signs.

The shooting range is called Gander Mountain Academy .

"It's way, way more than a shooting range," Ewald says.

"It's what we call a virtual range," he says.

There are real handguns that shoot lasers, and virtual simulators allow people to practice in real-life situations in realistic surroundings.

"Which is very cool," Ewald says. "I've tried it myself."

Look for news on the possible remodeling here later this year.

Ewald says Gander Mountain loves Wichita and has "been delighted to have the store here."

You don't say

"Well, you know, can a guy make a mistake?"

_ Uptown Bistro owner Melad Stephan , who says he forgot to renew his liquor license, which will be reinstated Thursday