A Growing Number of National Retailers Have Wichita on Their Radar Screen

The pace of retail construction remains brisk in Wichita with national retailers showing an increased interest in the market. In the first quarter, developers started construction on nine buildings totaling 112,961 square feet, reports brokerage firm NAI Martens.Completions during the first quarter totaled 117,300 square feet. Notable store openings included Sprouts Farmers Market at Central Avenue and Rock Road; Save-A-Lot grocery store at 1640 S. Broadway; Cavender’s western wear store …

Payless ShoeSource Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Close 400 Stores

TOPEKA, KAN. — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to immediately close nearly 400 underperforming stores.The company, which bills itself as the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere, currently operates approximately 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries. The shoes and accessory retailer was founded in 1956 in Topeka, Kan."This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail …

DHS Breaks Ground on $835M Bio, Agro-Defense Facility Near Topeka

TOPEKA, KAN. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has broken ground on the $835 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in the Topeka submarket of Manhattan.The 574,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world, according to DHS.The 29-acre site will house advanced research, diagnostic testing and validation, countermeasure development and diagnostic …

Value Place Changes Name to WoodSpring Suites

WICHITA, KAN. — Value Place, a value extended stay hotel brand, has changed its name to WoodSpring Suites, effective immediately. In addition, the Wichita-based company is developing a brand extension with a more enhanced offering, WoodSpring Suites Signature, designed to appeal to less price sensitive guests. “Our new brand strategy will foster our ability to further expand our network, gain access to new markets and customer segments, and further drive RevPAR growth for our company owned …

NorthMarq Arranges $32.6M Acquisition Loan for Apartments in Overland Park, Kan.

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. — NorthMarq Capital’s Kansas City office has arranged acquisition financing of $32.6 million for Corbin Crossing Apartments, a 298-unit multifamily property in Overland Park. The property is located at 6801 W. 138th Terrace. Greg Duvall of NorthMarq arranged the seven-year loan that includes two-year interest-only payments and a 30-year amortization schedule. NorthMarq arranged financing for the borrower through its seller-servicer relationship with Freddie

As Class A Apartment Sales Abate, Class B and C Sales Pick Up

In what might be the twilight of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac years, investors in Kansas City’s apartment market have fully capitalized on the continued availability of cheap debt and a slowly improving economy. As reminders of the 2008–2010 economic downturn, bank-owned properties are still being sold, but the bulk of REO sales have already occurred. Additionally, local job creation surged in the past three months, buoying investors’ confidence. As a result, sales of …

Mixed-Use, Build-to-Suit Office Developments Add Sizzle to Steak in KC

Kansas City is best known for its beer, barbecue and jazz, and an economy inextricably linked to railroads and cattle. It’s not unusual for an Easterner flying over Kansas City on his way to Los Angeles to remark, “I hear I can get a great steak down there.” You can indeed find a great steak down here, but most importantly the economy is more about the steak than the sizzle. The truth is that the local economy is so broad-based that it is difficult to define. Kansas …

Steady recovery is showing in all sectors.

The commercial real estate market in Wichita stabilized in the second half of 2010 and has started seeing slow, but steady, improvement during the first four months of 2011. The majority of the activity has been on the leasing side of the business, with limited sales activity. Market conditions still favor tenants but are starting to move back to a more balanced position, giving landlords more leverage in their negotiations. Development activity has been minimal the past two years, but the …

Small market fueled by leases.

While the Wichita industrial market may lack the size of its neighbor to the east — Kansas City — it still has a strong and relatively stable presence. Wichita is driven by the aviation industry, and several major aircraft manufacturers and suppliers call the city home. Overall, Wichita has traditionally been an owner-use market with some leasing from larger national companies. With the credit markets dried up and a construction pipeline that has never been that large to begin with, …

Wichita retail market remains steady.

For Doug Malone, a retail brokerage and leasing associate with Wichita, Kansas-based J.P. Wiegand & Sons, “The good news about Wichita is that we have been a little pocket of prosperity for a number of years, and we didn’t get hit until just recently with the economic problems that the rest of the country had.” While retail in larger markets struggles, the smaller Wichita market has remained steady. This is due partly to the conservative nature of real estate professionals …

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