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David's Bridal to move within Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — David's Bridal is moving, but not far.

The bridal shop currently has 10,400 square feet at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

The store, one of about 330 nationally for the Pennsylvania-based company, is moving within Eastgate to a new 6,400-square-foot space next to Plato's Closet.

That doesn't mean there will be fewer dresses from which to choose, though.

A new prototype has streamlined the store, but part of the reduction in space is due to much less bulky bridal gowns these days.

"They actually take up less space now than they did," says Jim Neilland, real estate manager for the company.

"That was new and shocking to me," he says. "I'm just a poor old real estate guy. I remember my wife's dress taking up half the church."

That, though, was 33 years ago.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Chris Hitchcock of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Look for the new David's Bridal to open late this year. The existing store will remain open until then.