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Sports Clips to open at Tallgrass Centre

WICHITA — Monique Haynes-Robertson already has one of the most successful Sports Clips franchises in the country at NewMarket Square, and she thinks she's going to have another winner by opening a new salon at Tallgrass Centre at 21st and Rock where Papa John's Pizza used to be.

"We've been thinking about it since we opened the west store," Haynes-Robertson says of an east-side store.

She also has one in Derby.

Haynes-Robertson says the Jimmy's Egg at Tallgrass Centre is doing well there.

"That piqued my interest."

She likes that it's near Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods, too.

Her sports-themed salon caters to men and boys only.

"It's a busy intersection and a lot of traffic, so I think it's ideal," she says.

The 1,400-square-foot space will have eight stations and feature a new design.

"This one is going to look state-of-the-art in comparison to the other two," Haynes-Robertson says.

There will be flat panel TVs at every station, and each of the chairs will have a massage feature.

"There's just some added perks," Haynes-Robertson says.

Next she'll renovate her store at NewMarket, where she'll be signing another 5-year lease.

The Derby Sports Clips already has some upgrades and eventually will be completely remodeled as well.

"It's still going to have the sports theme and locker-room feel," Haynes-Robertson says of the new design.

The new Sports Clips will open in June.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

Haynes-Robertson says of the almost 700 Sports Clips franchises in the country, her NewMarket store consistently ranks in the top five for sales.

While the average Sports Clips sees 300 to 400 customers a week, NewMarket's has 700 a week.

"Location is probably 75 percent of it out there, but I think the east will be just as successful."

Haynes-Robertson says Wichita's aircraft industry helps, too.

"We cater to middle-income people," she says. "It's a perfect fit."