Carrie Rengers

World Foods Market to open in part of former Big Lots space

Part of the former Big Lots space near 21st and Woodlawn is converting to a Whole Foods Market.
Part of the former Big Lots space near 21st and Woodlawn is converting to a Whole Foods Market. The Wichita Eagle

Except for the loss of Fresh Market, Wichita seems to keep attracting more grocery stores and specialty markets.

The new N&J Global Market opened next to N&J Cafe at Lincoln and Edgemoor in April.

Now, the similar World Foods Market is opening next month in part of the former Big Lots space near the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

A group of investors, all from Wichita, are behind the 5,000-square-foot market.

It will feature food from around the world, including Europe and India.

There will be a particular emphasis on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods.

There will be more than 25 brands of rice and more than 25 kinds of olive oil.

There will be meat and fresh produce and a lot of dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese.

One of the investors, who prefers not to be named, says the market will have what he considers to be the city’s best baklava, too.

He says the partners chose 21st and Woodlawn for its proximity to international students at Wichita State University and to nearby communities with residents of Middle Eastern descent.

World Foods will open to the public on July 6, though there will be a soft opening for invited guests before that. There will be a grand opening on July 9.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

World Foods is the second tenant that will open in the former Big Lots space.

The 40,000-square-foot space is being subdivided for use by multiple tenants.

Advanced Packaging is already open in 20,000 square feet.

The owner of the building is in talks with several other businesses, including a couple of dining establishments, about locating there.

Look for more information about World Foods, including a video tour of what it will offer, in a few weeks.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers