Daily Archives: July 25, 2013

You don’t say

“Now everyone knows why I do not Own a gun.”

– A text from Corporate Caterers of Wichita owner Ben Arnold after reading Anchor owner Schane Gross’ comment that she’d rather shoot herself than do catering

Beechcraft CEO confirms Costco is taking part of the company’s property

UPDATED — As Have You Heard? first reported last summer, Costco is coming to what is currently Beechcraft property at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road.

During an interview with Aviation Week, Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture this week confirmed for the first time that the chain is taking part of the company’s property for a future store.

The article explained that “Beechcraft has also consolidated its pistons and turboprops production into a single facility in Wichita, closing the pistons plant. That facility, Boisture says, is ‘on its way to becoming a Costco.’ He said the sale of Plant 3 and property at the south end of the Beechcraft campus will reduce its so-called ‘square mile’ on Wichita’s east side by about 20%.”

An updated version of the Aviation Week story says “big box store” instead of Costco.

Previously, Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said the company had no information or comments to offer about a possible sale to Costco.

In May, Have You Heard? had this update:

Costco has about 17 1/2 acres under contract. The deal isn’t likely to close until later this year. That’s substantially further out than initial time lines suggested. It looks like part of the holdup was the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy filing. There were some questions related to environmental issues at the plant as well.

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Country Pawn & Supply to be Country Sales & Supply and Mark Springs Machines

WICHITA — Country Pawn & Supply owner Mark Springs isn’t quitting the pawn shop business, but after 16 years, he’s shaking things up with two new businesses.

The current business, which is at 3842 S. West St. near I-235, is part pawn shop, part car lot and part gun dealership.

“And I’m also a pastor. I’ve actually performed nine weddings here at the counter,” Springs says.

“We’re kind of a mixture between ‘Pawn Stars,’ ‘American Pickers’ and ‘Sanford and Sons.’ We have a little of everything.”

He buys, sells and loans on most anything, but that’s about to change.

Springs is opening Country Sales & Supply and Mark Springs Machines where Country Pawn is now.

Country Sales will deal mainly with large-ticket items and accept pawns of only a minimum of $1,000.

Springs says most pawn shops do a minimum of $5 loans. He wants to do larger loans but not ones as large as a bank might make.

“We’re that kind of place in the middle.”

Another big change is Springs no longer will deal with guns.

“You have to have super-high security, and you have to deal with the federal government on guns,” he says. “It also gives the government — the ATF — access to your place of business.”

Also, when he sells a gun, Springs says he has to stay and do paperwork on the sale that day.

“I just don’t want to do that anymore,” he says.

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