Carrie Rengers

Phil Hermanson still plans grocery store in downtown Wichita

Phil Hermanson is still planning a grocery for the first floor of the Century Plaza building. It likely will open in late July.
Phil Hermanson is still planning a grocery for the first floor of the Century Plaza building. It likely will open in late July. File photo

He didn’t get it open by Riverfest, as he had hoped, but former state Rep. Phil Hermanson says he’s still planning to open a grocery store in 7,000 square feet on the first floor of Century Plaza at 111 W. Douglas.

Late July is his new target, he says.

“We want everything perfect,” Hermanson says. “Well, as close as we can get it.”

He plans a grocery store called Wichita Market, a convenience store called the Downtown Express, a coffee bar and specialty food business called Michelle’s Coffee Bar & Specialty Foods, a catering business called ICT Catering and a venue that hasn’t been named yet.

The first four businesses will all be together on the first floor, and the venue will be in 6,000 square feet on the second floor.

Hermanson says a grand opening will follow a couple of weeks after the grocery opens.

He says he’s been busy remodeling.

Even though the project has been delayed, Hermanson says, he’ll definitely get the businesses open.

“Oh, absolutely 100 percent.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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