“The economy is definitely not helping out,” he says.
The bigger problem, Osburn says, is Old Town.
His business has “never been what I hoped for.”
The store’s average ticket is good, Osburn says, but he doesn’t see enough customers.
“That’s been the No. 1 problem since Day 1,” he says.
“I don’t get the sense that people out east (or) out west are coming down.”
Even though Old Town boasts a number of unique businesses, Osburn says, he’s not sure most Wichitans even know they’re there.
“I don’t think a lot of Wichitans are using the area or even know what’s down here,” he says.
Osburn compares his business to Abode Home on East Douglas on the outskirts of Old Town.
Abode recently announced it’s also closing after not quite six years of trying to make a retail business work in the heart of the city.
“I’m in the exact same boat,” Osburn says. “There are a lot of businesses like that. We need more people down here.
“Unless you’ve got a product or service that people need monthly or every six weeks and are coming back to see you . . . it’s difficult down here.”
Osburn, who is closing his store in late June, is moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he once lived.
He plans to relax “and take a deep breath and decide what my next move is.”