Daily Archives: Dec. 5, 2012

King’s Family Sale & Resale furniture store to close after 60 years, but the date isn’t set

WICHITA — Sixty years after opening his King’s Family Sale & Resale furniture shop at Harry and Hillside, Tony King is preparing to close it.

Whether that’s in three weeks or sometime in the new year, he hasn’t decided.

King is selling his land at the southwest corner of the intersection to CVS, which is putting a pharmacy there.

Don Ablah and his son, Christian, of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

It looks like King may be leaning toward staying open until CVS starts construction.

“The answer’s probably yes — if I can last that long,” says the 92-year-old, laughing.

As a third generation builder, King says he probably shouldn’t have ventured into furniture sales.

“I probably never should have gotten into a retail store,” he says. “Not my specialty.”

He says he opened it “to give my wife a job.”

Pat King had been a teacher.

“I made her into a furniture sales lady,” Tony King says. “I had to learn the business the hard way.”

At the time they opened the store, it was in the corner of the strip center at the intersection.

They briefly closed the store when Pat King became ill about a decade ago. When Tony King reopened it about a year later, it was in the building behind the former store, where it’s been since.

Habitat For Humanity ReStore is now in the corner space but is moving out within the month to its new home in the Plaza West shopping center at Central and West.

“I may be back in the corner again,” King says.

He says he can’t lease the Habitat space to anyone else for the short time it’ll be vacant, which is part of the reason he’s considering moving in.

“I don’t particularly want to. I think we do all right right here.”

So why bother?

“Well, we’ve got a lot to sell.”

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You don’t say

“I’m told that I’m now officially part of the problem.”

Pete Meitzner, who has been on the Wichita City Council for a year and a half

Liberty Tax Service to open at Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Liberty Tax Service franchisees Darrell and Kathie Phipps are opening a new location in time for tax season.

The new site will be at Oxford Square, which is at the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Darrell Phipps says they already have locations in Newton and at Central and Hillside in Wichita. They closed a Valley Center office at the end of last tax season.

“It just wasn’t performing … to our expectations,” he says. “We’re moving everything basically from that store into this location.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Phipps says when he started the business six tax seasons ago, his goal was to have three or four locations. He says there’s a chance he could open more.

“It’s always a possibility.”

Tepa Cafe to open on South Seneca

WICHITA — Just as Wichitans no longer have to drive to Newkirk, Okla., to gamble, soon they’ll no longer have to drive there for the Lil Tepa Cafe.

Owners Vincent and Margaret Solis are opening Tepa Cafe in Wichita at 3835 S. Seneca next to Seneca Street Bar & Grill.

Vincent Solis says their grandchildren are here, so it makes sense to come. Also, his late father, Emilio Solis, used to have Tepa Restaurant here years ago.

Tepa Cafe will seat 64 and serve American and Mexican dishes, including what Solis calls “the best liver and onions in the world.”

“And I don’t even like liver and onions.”

On the Mexican side, Solis says they’ll serve “all the goodies,” such as tacos, tostados and flautas.

Look for the restaurant to open the first week of January.