Carrie Rengers

East Great Harvest is moving, growing

There's going to be a bigger Harvest this fall, but not necessarily of crops. Tim Heeren is moving his East Central Great Harvest Bread from 6509 E. Central to 533 N. Woodlawn to part of the former Home Gallery by Cohlmia space.

"We're going to expand our product line... and we just need more space to accommodate our equipment," Heeren says.

He's adding new kinds of bread, such as hard-crusted bread, and bagels. He's even jumping on the current craze and adding frozen yogurt.

"It's just such a natural product to have," Heeren says. "It isn't rocket science."

He adds, "I guarantee you our price will be a bit more competitive than these yogurt places."

Currently, the store and restaurant are in 1,600 square feet. The new space, which will be ready in September, will be 4,500 square feet.

That will allow for increased seating — about 50 seats compared with the current dozen. There also will be an expanded patio.

"It'll just be more appealing," Heeren says.

Jeff Greenberg with CMG Properties handled the deal.

Heeren is adding breakfast and expanding lunch at the new space.

"We're going to expand a great deal on lunch."

He'll also add service on Mondays. Great Harvest is now closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Heeren also will have Young Life office at Great Harvest and be in partnership with the ministry for high school students.

"It'll create some great exposure for them," Heeren says. "Awesome exposure."

This is the east-side Great Harvest's third site in 16 years.

Heeren also has one on the west side on 21st Street, just east of Maize Road.

This is his final east-side move, Heeren says.

"I guarantee ya," he says. "I'm too old. I'm done."

Quick cash

Need some money? Cash-strapped Wichitans have two new options with more to possibly follow.

A second CN Cash For Gold is now here. The first is near 21st and Ridge.

The second opened this week next to Jimmy's Egg at Harry and Rock.

"There's a real high demand for it," says managing member Nick Nguyen .

Part of the demand is due to the high price of gold and silver, he says.

"That's real good for our business."

A struggling economy helps as well.

"In a way," Nguyen says, "we're helping people out."

There are a couple of more of the stores in the greater Kansas City area with more to follow there and possibly here.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal at Harry and Rock.

There's also a new ACE Cash Express opening in the former Papa John's Pizza space near 21st and Amidon.

The store, which is the company's 10th in Wichita, will open later this month.

You don't say

"It's not as scary as it sounds."

Jeremy Horn of Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in an e-mail about how he's letting Facebook fans of his restaurant, which opens in early July, get their pictures taken in the pizza oven (www.facebook.com/wichibrew)

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