Carrie Rengers

Absolute Natural Stones finally reopens at new site

Nazir, left, and Ammar Jesri, shown at their previous Kellogg site, opened their Absolute Natural Stones and Kansas True Value Rental on Wednesday at 15550 E. Kellogg, which is is halfway between 143rd and 159th streets.
Nazir, left, and Ammar Jesri, shown at their previous Kellogg site, opened their Absolute Natural Stones and Kansas True Value Rental on Wednesday at 15550 E. Kellogg, which is is halfway between 143rd and 159th streets. The Wichita Eagle

At long – extremely long – last, Nazir and Ammar Jesri have reopened their Absolute Natural Stones in its new space.

“It’s been a long process, but I’m glad we’ve got it all behind us,” Nazir Jesri says.

The brothers have had quite a saga of moving to new space on East Kellogg because of construction.

First, they moved from just west of Greenwich on East Kellogg to just east of it by Lowe’s in late 2014. It was around that time they were told they would have to move again because the city and state needed part of their new property.

Then, in early 2016, they purchased new property at 15550 E. Kellogg, halfway between 143rd and 159th streets.

So why are the store and the Jesris’ Kansas True Value Rental just now opening?

“It really was a host of factors,” Nazir Jesri says. “We were hoping to open earlier for the season.”

First, they had to rezone the property, which was finalized in late 2016.

Then they had to build on it, which Jesri says required proper permitting and a lot of back-and-forth with the city.

Finally, they had to get utilities.

“It had to come from the neighborhood behind us,” Jesri says. “That was a really long process.”

Also, he says, “Weather sometimes was not on our side.”

Jesri says he and his brother have been building inventory for the last several months.

He says a lot of customers have been stopping in to say hello and say they can’t wait for the store to reopen.

“That was nice,” Jesri says. “That means they’re happy.”

He says many of them also said, “We feel for you guys having to move more than once.”

The brothers received their certificate of occupancy on Tuesday.

“So we’re open today,” Jesri says. “It feels good.”

Their 19 and a half acres are almost double what the brothers had at their previous Kellogg space. They don’t need all the acres for the two businesses that are there now.

Jesri says they may build a strip mall, or they could sell part of the property.

“We’re looking at different ideas.”

Charlotte Neff, manager of the new Bassett Home Furnishings that’s opening Monday at the Waterfront, says the store specializes in custom furniture. (Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle)

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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