Carrie Rengers

Ross Dress for Less to open in west-side Circuit City space

Discount retailer Ross Dress For Less, which is similar to T.J.Maxx, is entering the Wichita market.

“I’m surprised it’s taken them this long … because this will be a good market for them,” says Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

Malone represented Bldg Management of New York City in the deal for about 25,000 square feet of the former Circuit City space next to Kohl’s in the Westgate shopping center on West Kellogg.

“They’ve got a great price point,” Malone says. “They’re good operators.”

Malone expects Ross Dress For Less to open in the second quarter of 2012.

There is about 11,000 square feet left to lease in the former Circuit City space. Malone says he’s talking to a number of potential tenants.

“We’ve had some people that would fit real good next to Ross,” he says.

This is a difficult time of year for new deals, though.

“Most everybody that’s doing a 2012 store has already made a deal,” Malone says.

He tries to stay on their radars so if another deal falls through, Wichita will be top of mind for retailers.

“That’s the whole point about getting their attention.”

Malone says Ross Dress For Less and Kohl’s make a powerful attraction.

“I mean, now you’ve got a really good lineup.”

Look for news of a possible east-side Ross Dress For Less soon.

‘That’s it’

Just as easily as new Italian eateries have been popping up around Wichita, one has closed.

After just a few months in business, Kas Zendeli has closed his Italian Bistro at the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

“It doesn’t work out, and that’s it,” he says.

His was the first restaurant to occupy the space since Restaurant 155 left several years ago. Zendeli doesn’t elaborate much when asked what happened.

“What happened happened. It’s closed.”

He still has Bravo’s Italiani in Valley Center, which Zendeli says will return to its old schedule before he ran two restaurants. That means it’s open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Zendeli says it’s a confusing time right now, and he’s not sure if he’ll open a second restaurant again. He doesn’t rule it out, though.

“New day, new luck.”

Taking flight

Wichita-based EagleMed and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City have a new partnership to provide critical care air medical transport services.

Starting today, EagleMed will have a Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopter at the hospital’s main campus. It also has a King Air airplane that’s been in use for a dozen years.

“Airplanes are typically used to go from hospital to hospital,” says spokesman Robbie Copeland. “The airplane is limited. It has to go where there’s an airport.”

The helicopter, though, can go to the scene of accidents. It also can get to western Kansas hospitals that aren’t close to airports. Copeland says the helicopter will work in a 100-mile radius of Garden City.

“It’s an additional resource that has the ability to respond to accidents within the community and bring them back to St. Catherine.”

EagleMed has 24 medically equipped aircraft and has been operating in the Midwest since 1981.

You don’t say

“Is opening a restaurant getting harder, or am I just getting older?”

– Former Players and Brooklyn’s owner Dave Chaffin, who is opening Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers and Phillys tonight in the former Jimmy’s Egg space near 21st and Amidon

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