Carrie Rengers

Goddard's only grocery store to close end of Feb.

Goddard is losing its only grocery store. White's Foodliner at 19950 W. Kellogg is closing at the end of the month.

"It's just tough for independents in this market in this day and age to be there with the big boys moving in closer and closer," says owner Pat White .

"As the Walmarts and the Dillons move closer that way, it's just taken... little bites out of us," he says.

A lot of Goddard residents shop in Wichita, White says, and use his store more like a convenience store for only a few items.

"It'll probably affect, oh, Garden Plain more than anybody," White says.

A pharmacist who used to rent space from him left the store a year ago.

"That was another little bite out of us," White says.

His store has been there 11 years.

White's other four Foodliners in outlying areas will remain open.

What's Brewing

Around the time the weather is warming up and you want a cold beer, Jeremy Horn and Greg Gifford hope to be ready to serve you one.

The businessmen are opening Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler Road.

Horn describes the business as a brewery that serves food.

"We want it to be a friendly, family-type of environment."

There will be a wood-fired brick oven to make pizza and sandwiches.

There will be a small brewing system as well, with five or six year-round beers — such as Belgian ale and a wheat beer — along with four or five seasonal beers at a time.

Once a month, they'll throw in a special release "just to kind of do something kind of crazy," Horn says.

Horn is a money manager for an insurance company. Gifford is a real estate investor.

They'll handle the promotional side of the business but hire an experienced manager to run the restaurant.

Ideally, they'd like to be open by April, but May is looking more likely.

Suite deal

The Fairfield Inn at 333 S. Webb Road is undergoing remodeling and will become a Fairfield Inn & Suites by May.

"It'll be a pretty nice building when it's all finished," says Peter Ratcliffe , president of Petra Facility Group , the contractor on the job.

Fairfield Inn has 104 rooms. After the conversion, there will be 89 rooms and 10 suites.

There also will be an enhanced lobby, new meeting space, a new exercise room and a spa pool, which will be in addition to the existing pool. There also will be a porte-cochere to greet guests.

In addition to the new amenities, Ratcliffe says, "It's a nicer finish for the guests."

Real restructuring

Last week, Brooklyn's Chophouse and Brew Tavern owner David Chaffin said he was selling memorabilia left from when the business was Players Sports Bar & Grill in a restructuring effort to pay debt.

It turns out the restructuring is a little more serious than that.

Chaffin is about to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the Bank of Kansas is suing him for more than $1.7 million plus almost $60,000 in interest.

"This is just business," Chaffin says of the bank having to protect itself "in writing."

He thinks the memorabilia sale is what prompted the lawsuit.

"I think that forced their hand," Chaffin says.

Bank president Pat Gearhart declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The person who loaned Chaffin the money for the memorabilia has a lien on it for about $130,000, Chaffin says. He says any proceeds from the Tuesday sale will then go to the bank.

"They just had to make sure they get that," Chaffin says.

"We will work it out with the bank. There's no advantage for the bank to foreclose on us."

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