Associated Lumber closes after 25 years

WICHITA — Associated Lumber is out of business.

“It’s just the economy and bad fortunes,” says owner Ron Hill.

He and his wife, Doris, had the business for 25 years.

That includes a west Wichita location at 1905 Southwest Blvd. and a Neodesha site that opened 16 years ago.

Ron Hill says the Wichita store suffered two thefts in the last year that totaled more than $25,000.

“And, of course, why do you have insurance?” he says. “It sure don’t cover it.”

Hill says larger competitors were a factor in their decision as well.

The Hills leased the buildings where their stores were. They’ll have auctions for the contents soon.