Carrie Rengers

Starbucks, Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open in College Hill

The former Rieger Medical Supply site soon will be home to a new 7,000-square-foot building that will house Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, along with another tenant.
The former Rieger Medical Supply site soon will be home to a new 7,000-square-foot building that will house Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, along with another tenant. File photo

A new pad site is ready and waiting for development where Rieger Medical Supply had been for more than half a century near the southwest corner of Central and Hillside.

Developers aren’t commenting on potential tenants, but according to sources and city documents, the first two of three tenants will be Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

The restaurants will be just west of Spangles, which is on the corner.

It’s a growing restaurant area, with Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads & Grill opening earlier this year. Freebirds World Burritos was another addition in recent years.

No one with Starbucks or Potbelly returned calls for comment.

This is Chicago-based Potbelly’s first entrance into the Wichita market, but it sounds like it won’t be the company’s last.

The chain is known for toasted sandwiches and made-to-order milkshakes. It also has salads and cookies.

Potbelly will be on the west end of a 7,000-square-foot new building. It will not have a drive-through.

Starbucks will be on the east end of the building, and it will have a drive-through.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate is handling leasing at the building.

JTS Investments is the developer. Tom Schmeidler of SBA Construction is a partner in the company. He says there’s been a lot of interest in the development.

“Probably number one because of the traffic,” he says.

Also, Schmeidler says, “There’s just not enough businesses there for the College Hill area.”

He says the building should be ready by early November.

Schmeidler won’t confirm or comment on Starbucks, Potbelly or a third potential tenant.

It sounds like the Starbucks plans are further along than the ones for Potbelly.

Schmeidler says he’s excited to see progress at the property.

“Definitely, the building will fit the neighborhood.”

He says the development will have easy access off of Central.

“It’s going to be a beautiful building.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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