Carrie Rengers

Village at Greenwich to break ground on new building; restaurant is first tenant

The northeast corner at 21st and Greenwich is the site where a new building will be built.
The northeast corner at 21st and Greenwich is the site where a new building will be built. The Wichita Eagle

Village at Greenwich developer Steve Wheeler this week is breaking ground on his fifth building at the development at the northeast corner of 21st and Greenwich.

The almost 10,000-square-foot building will be on the corner facing Greenwich. It’s comparable in size to the other four buildings already at the development.

“They’re all a little bit different, but they’re similar,” Wheeler says.

Wheeler’s first tenant for the space is McAlister’s Deli, a popular fast-casual restaurant that already has a couple of other sites in Wichita. The restaurant will be 3,600 square feet.

“I can tell you that we do have another signed lease for the north end cap,” Wheeler says.

He won’t say what tenant that is, but sources say it’s Starbucks. No one with the company returned calls for comment.

Wheeler says the end space is 2,000 square feet and has a drive-through.

Construction will take about six months.

“We’re negotiating with two other parties for additional space,” Wheeler says. “We’re very optimistic about this building. About the entire development, really.”

He started the Village at Greenwich in 2007.

Minus the few years around 2008 when almost all new real estate seemed to stop in the city, Wheeler says the development has progressed nicely.

“We’ve been very pleased with our ability to find tenants,” he says.

There are still four lots left to develop at the 24-acre property.

More and more restaurants, such as Meddy’s and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, are opening at the center.

“There was a real need out here,” Wheeler says.

He says for a long time, people in that area had to drive to Rock Road if they wanted to dine.

“Me being one of them,” Wheeler says. “We really needed this food.”

He says the nearby and growing Greenwich Place is a boon to the area as well.

That’s where retailers such as Designer Shoe Warehouse opened last year and Stein Mart will open later this year.

“I’m real excited about … Greenwich Place,” Wheeler says. “All boats rise with a rising tide.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers