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April Reed is a dealmaker so far in 2010

WICHITA — At a time when most commercial brokers would be happy to be making any deals, April Reed of Slawson Cos. is making multiple deals.

"My phone is ringing off the hook," Reed says.

So far in the new year, she's closed deals for White Dress, Alter Ego Fashions, Complete Nutrition and Picture Perfect to open at NewMarket Square; for Wichita Pilates Group and Zeni to open at the Shops at Tallgrass; and Sport Clips Haircuts to open at Tallgrass Centre.

"I think there's a little bit of pent-up demand," Reed says.

She says the market is more positive now than it has been.

Also, she says, "This time of year is traditionally busy for retail leasing."

Reed says part of it is "us willing to make some deals, too."

She adds, though, "We're not doing any deals that don't pencil out for us."