Carrie Rengers

All Things Barbecue to build new 25,500-square-foot Delano building

All Things Barbecue owner Don Cary will be building a 25,000-square-foot warehouse behind his retail store in Delano. (Aug. 21, 2017)
All Things Barbecue owner Don Cary will be building a 25,000-square-foot warehouse behind his retail store in Delano. (Aug. 21, 2017) The Wichita Eagle

Don Cary is at it again.

Ever since the All Things Barbecue owner opened his business in Delano in 2009, he’s regularly expanded with more space.

This time, he’s demolished two warehouses at 115 and 149 N. Osage in preparation of building a 25,500-square-foot warehouse.

“It sounds like a warehouse … but by no means is that all it is,” Cary says.

His operations and accounting teams will move there as well.

“We’re are out of space,” Cary says of his retail space where they are. “We need to kick them out.”

His store, which sells patio furniture, smokers and grills and barbecue sauce and rubs, stretches over three buildings that open into each other from 818 to 826 W. Douglas. The store is in front of where the warehouse will go.

Cary says the new building not only will provide extra space, but it will be a more efficient, modern design than the structures that had been there. One was a 1910 building.

The first floor of the new warehouse will be 17,500 square feet.

There also will be 8,000 square feet of mezzanine space, one side of which will be for patio furniture. The other will be for Yoder Smokers.

“That’s our number one brand,” Cary says.

Downstairs, there will be office space along with significant storage space.

There also will be areas for parcel shipping, such as for bottles of sauces and rubs, and a truck freight area for larger items.

“The warehouse will be fitted with a dock so that big trucks can back in at dock height,” Cary says.

He says all of his shipping and receiving will move there except his mail. Even that could one day change.

Some of his shipping for online orders is now done through the store, although Cary says, “We’re a brick-and-mortar store, so we do … lots of local business.”

He says architects are finalizing drawings for the steel building.

“I bet you we get started in three or four weeks.”

Cary says he thinks the new building could be ready in four months.

“There’s probably three months of work, so I’m telling you four, and it’ll probably take five,” he laughs. “That’s just the way it goes.”

Even though he’ll be able to use his entire 17,000-square-foot store for retail once the warehouse opens, Cary figures one day that won’t be enough space either.

“But it’ll give us nice legs for three to five years,” he says.

When it comes time to expand again, Cary says he’ll most likely remain in Delano.

“This is a great central location. … The egress is good in Delano.”

Cary says it’s important to keep growing and changing “to keep it interesting.”

Like his company, he says that’s what Delano is doing, too.

“Delano has really had a nice uptick in the last eight years since we’ve been here, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers