Carrie Rengers

Marine World & Powersports owners to open second store on east side

The Wichita Eagle

Nathan and Nick Blasi are expanding their Marine World & Powersports after buying it from their uncle, Les Eck, in 2012.

They’re opening a second store at 1313 E. Hwy. 54 in the former Superior Landscape Management space, which is a couple of doors to the east of the Andover YMCA.

“Really, the major reason (is) it is a perfect corridor,” Nathan Blasi says.

He says the east-side address is on the way to major lakes such as Table Rock, Grand Lake and Beaver Lake.

Potential customers “have to drive by our place, so we are there to help them if they need anything before they head out of town on vacation,” Blasi says. He says the new space will make “drop offs a lot easier to service when they come home.”

The new store will be in addition to the one at 7979 W. Kellogg.

“We’re happy with our west side,” Blasi says, He says, though, “We are growing, and we are running out of room on the west side.”

The new property has two 4,200-square-foot buildings, one of which Blasi says they’ll use for service and one that will be a combination warehouse and showroom.

That’s more than the west side’s 6,000 square feet, but Blasi says an expansion is a possibility there one day.

“That’s hopefully in our future,” he says. “Our first priority was getting to the east side to take care of both sides of town just for our customers’ convenience.”

Like the west side, the east-side store will sell MasterCraft, Malibu, Bennington, Axis, Moomba Boats and Bombardier Recreational Products such as Sea-Doos.

Blasi says he and his brother are working on new lines for the east store as well, one of which is Hustler mowers.

Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the new space.

The Blasis are planning a grand opening by June 1.

“We’ll be opening the doors within the next two or three weeks,” Nathan Blasi says.

He says he and his brother are pleased with their growing business.

“You can always be better and do better things, but we’ve just been blessed.”

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