Big E's Vapor Shop growing in Wichita and beyond – Wichita Eagle

Big E’s Vapor Shop is getting bigger. Potentially, a lot bigger.

“Our goal is 500 stores in the next three years,” co-owner Eldon Simmons said.

Four years after opening their first vape shop, on south Rock Road, Simmons and his partners recently opened their seventh in the Wichita area, at 37th and Woodlawn. They expect to open four more in the Kansas City area by the first of the year. And perhaps most importantly, they’ve recently been joined by an Oklahoma businessman, Vernon Brock, with the capital to continue expanding.

It’s been quite a ride for the company, which employs about 50 people in its pink and black stores. On Tuesday, the inner circle sat around a conference table talking about a new website and quick business trip to Kansas City – enshrouded, naturally, in a cloud of aromatic vapor.

Simmons is the “Big E” of the title and the colorful, outspoken front man for the company. Talking about finding a location in the KC area, he says the company “had to do everything but a strip tease up there

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