Carrie Rengers

Scholfield Hyundai may take old Saturn space

The east-side Scholfield Hyundai dealership may be moving to the former Saturn dealership at Central and Greenwich.

"We're working on it," says Steve Hatchett , managing partner of Scholfield dealerships. "We've worked out a potential lease agreement on it."

Scholfield Hyundai currently is next to Scholfield Buick GMC at 7633 E. Kellogg.

"We're just outgrowing it," Hatchett says of the dealership's current 18,000 square feet.

"We've got a showroom that's fairly adequate (but) low on service stalls."

At 28,000 square feet, the former Saturn space is considerably larger with several more service bays.

"If it's going to happen, it would probably come about later in the year," Hatchett says.

He'll keep us posted.

Over at the former west-side Saturn space at 8800 W. Central, where the Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center closed last summer, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is opening a dealership to sell former rental cars.

Enterprise Car Sales will open around March 1.

Derby dining, part 1

The dining options continue to grow in Derby.

Panera Bread franchisee Randy Simon is in negotiations to open a Panera in front of the Dillons Marketplace at Derby Marketplace at 71st and Rock Road.

"It's not a lock yet," Simon says.

It's close, though.

Simon and his brother, Bill , and business partner Scott Redler have a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at Derby Marketplace.

"The Freddy's has done very well there," Randy Simon says.

Until now, Simon says, the lack of potential daytime business concerned him. Simon always figured nights and weekends would do well, but he says Panera thrives on weekday breakfasts and lunches. He thinks there's now enough business to support it.

If the deal happens, this would make the 32nd Panera for his Original Bread company, and it will be the first with a drive-through.

Simon wishes he could do the same at his other restaurants.

"I keep trying to figure out how I could do it at the Rock Road location."

Look for more details as soon as the Derby deal closes.

The possibility of the new Panera pleases one fanatic in particular.

The Rev. Wayne Schmid , pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church , is known to drive to Wichita for Panera four or five times a week, often when he's making hospital rounds.

Sometimes, though, it's only for the food.

"Father Schmid's prayers have finally been answered," Simon says.

He says Schmid, in an effort to persuade him to bring a Panera, said he'd help get the word out.

"He tells me he'll market (it) from the podium down there," Simon says.

Schmid admits to his addiction, but he says he'll have to be discreet about doing anything from the pulpit.

Still, he says, "Oh, I'll let people know."

Derby dining, part 2

All of a sudden, it seems like Derby is getting a lot more dining options.

In addition to Panera, it looks like an Olive Garden is in the works at Derby Marketplace as well.

There's no official word on the Italian chain locating there, but look for news soon.

You don't say

"If I'd known it was going to be this much work, I'm not sure I'd have been so enthusiastic about it."

—Real estate developer Johnny Stevens on his son, Charlie Stevens , who is vying for the District 2 Wichita City Council seat

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