Carrie Rengers

Two national chains and a Kansas one to open at Eastgate Plaza

Part of the former Hancock Fabrics space at Eastgate Plaza will be home to Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh stores starting in November.
Part of the former Hancock Fabrics space at Eastgate Plaza will be home to Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh stores starting in November. The Wichita Eagle

There are a couple of new tenants for part of the former Hancock Fabrics space at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock, and they’re both fabric-related businesses of sorts.

Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh, sister stores that both sells children’s clothing, are opening in 3,500 square feet each.

No one with the companies could be reached for contact, but both stores list Eastgate Plaza on their store locator maps and say they’ll be coming in November.

Look for more information closer to the openings.

There’s still about 10,000 square feet left to lease at the former Hancock space.

Also at Eastgate, Motor Mouth Wireless is opening in 1,500 square feet where an AT&T Wireless store used to be.

Motor Mouth owner Bill Long is an authorized Cricket Wireless dealer who has four other sites around Wichita, including a kiosk at Towne East Square.

“This will be location No. 5,” Long says of the Eastgate store, which could open by Monday.

“It’s just great visibility, great traffic,” he says.

He says the stoplight makes it easy, and there’s good parking, too.

“Just everything about it seems to be positive.”

He says he doesn’t think this store and the Towne East one are too close to each other.

“It’s not necessarily going to be the same clientele.”

With more room for more selection, Long says the new store could help customers at the Towne East kiosk who aren’t finding what they’re looking for.

“I’m hoping that they can kind of feed off of each other a little bit.”

Nathan Farha and John O’Rourke of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Long also has stores in Junction City, Salina and Newton.

“I’d like to do more,” he says.

Long says no new deals are imminent, though.

“It’s time and money, and I don’t have enough of either right now.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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