Carrie Rengers

Former Big Dog Motorcycles space filled faster than expected

R.D. Wood, second from right, and his wife, B.J., purchased the former Big Dog Motorcycles showroom last year and leased it faster than expected. The Woods’ son, Zach, right, says the building’s location in the Douglas Design District is ideal. Kris Wessel, left, of NAI Martens represented the Woods family in the deal and has handled leasing at the space.
R.D. Wood, second from right, and his wife, B.J., purchased the former Big Dog Motorcycles showroom last year and leased it faster than expected. The Woods’ son, Zach, right, says the building’s location in the Douglas Design District is ideal. Kris Wessel, left, of NAI Martens represented the Woods family in the deal and has handled leasing at the space. File photo

With the Builders Plus Construction deal, the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is basically all leased.

“That pretty well rounds us out,” Kris Wessel of NAI Martens says. “We’re in the home stretch.”

Fit Body Boot Camp already is operating in almost 3,000 square feet, and there’s someone who does custom car work in the back of the complex.

Also, nearby Fisher’s Transmissions is moving to the space in March.

“It’s kind of a good feeling – a weird feeling at the same time when you lease yourself out of a job,” Wessel says.

R.D. Wood and his wife, B.J., who own MaxSecure Storage and U’Need’A Storage, purchased the 60,000-square-foot space last year.

Initially, Wood says he planned a conversion for the space, which is where a mini storage business is dropped into a preexisting building, but he says fortunately he changed his mind.

“I have Colby Sandlian to thank for that,” he says of the real estate investor.

Wood says the two met and started discussing conversions.

“He goes, ‘Well I hate ’em,’” Wood says of Sandlian.

He’d done a couple of them and couldn’t recommend them.

Instead, Sandlian suggested Wood lease the space to other businesses.

“He said, ‘I’m telling you, East Douglas is on the move. You’ll fill it right up.’”

Wood says he’s “not going to get filthy rich on the deal,” but he has filled the former Big Dog space faster than he expected.

He says just like Fisher’s, Builders Plus is a company with a new generation running it. Hal and Donna Callen still work at Builders Plus, but their son, Chris Callen, is CEO.

“Chris is just trying to take mom and dad’s business a step further,” Wood says. “He’s off to a great start.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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