Occidental Management is preparing to break ground on a new 25,000-square-foot retail development near 34th and Woodlawn that basically will sit on K-96.
California-based tool and equipment company Harbor Freight Tools is taking 15,000 square feet in the building.
“They were looking to … expand their presence in Wichita,” Occidental president Chad Stafford says.
The chain also has a store in the Westway Shopping Center at Pawnee and Seneca.
The ever-busy Occidental has owned more than two acres southeast of the corner of 34th and Woodlawn for several years but has been in no hurry to develop the property.
“We bought that land back in 2012 and have just kind of sat on it,” Stafford says.
The company was working through designs and potential users. Mostly, though, it was working on other projects around the city, such as Union Station downtown and Tyler Pointe at 13th and Tyler.
Construction will begin on the K-96 development, which hasn’t been named yet, at the end of this year.
“We’ll do a somewhat unique design,” Stafford says.
Much like the colorful facade the company chose for Tyler Pointe, he says, “It’ll be something that pops so that you really see it from K-96 and Woodlawn when you’re in that area.”
Stafford says traffic – upwards of 100,000 cars a day – is the attraction for the site.
“We certainly like the location given that it’s right on K-96.”
Occidental’s Charlie King handled the deal with Anita Bates of Colliers International in Kansas City.
There’s an additional 10,000 square feet left to lease for a single tenant, or Stafford says the space can be divided into four 2,500-square-foot units.
“It just depends on who the next users might be.”
A Harbor Freight representative says the company doesn’t generally comment on new stores until about 60 or 90 days before they open.
An opening is tentatively scheduled for July.