Carrie Rengers

DSW could open at NewMarket Square as early as March

SuperTarget at NewMarket Square (June 17, 2015)
SuperTarget at NewMarket Square (June 17, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Financial adviser and – more importantly – shoe aficionado Margaret Dechant has good news to report for fellow shoe lovers.

Dechant recently was at the Designer Shoe Warehouse, which is better known as DSW, in Overland Park where she was having a debate with an employee over an expired coupon.

A manager got involved, and Dechant explained that it’s hard to use her coupons since there’s not a DSW in Wichita.

“She said, ‘Well, you’re getting one,’” Dechant says.

That’s similar to what other employees have told other Wichitans. As Have You Heard? reported in September 2013, DSW employees say the more than 400-store chain plans to open in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

Dechant pressed the employee.

“I said, ‘When and where?’”

She says the employee checked her electronic tablet.

“Yep, March of … 2016,” she said and then confirmed the NewMarket location.

There’s an area of NewMarket just north of the SuperTarget along Maize Road that DSW likely will go.

Since no one official is confirming that the store is coming, it’s hard to picture that it could open in less than a year.

The wait may be frustrating, but it’s also encouraging that employees not only are still discussing it, but that they have a date, too.

“Shoes or food,” Dechant jokes, “I’m pretty much a recognized authority.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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