Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco may remain in Pratt for ‘nostalgic value’

WICHITA — Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco owner Charlie Hoffman has died, but his popular Pratt restaurant likely will go on.

“It’s under discussion right now what exactly we’re going to do there,” says Hoffman’s son, David. “We’re going to probably keep it open.”

He says that’s knowing it won’t be profitable.

“If we did run it, it wouldn’t be for money,” Hoffman says. “We might keep it open for the nostalgic value.”

He and Tim Holmes opened Charlie’s PizzaTaco in west Wichita near Central and Tyler a couple of years ago.

They plan on expanding to other markets as well, such as Manhattan, Lawrence and Stillwater and Norman, Okla.

“We’re going to go after college towns in our part of the world,” Hoffman says. “People already know about pizza tacos.”

He can’t say how fast each market may happen.

“There’s some things that’ll probably happen this year yet,” Hoffman says. “We’ve got all the bugs worked out.”

Charlie Hoffman was helping his father run a gas station in Pratt in 1965 when he was approached by a food company to buy a $200 pizza oven. In 2011, he told Have You Heard? the company told him it would give him enough product to sell pizzas and make back his $200.

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PR News takes ‘cheap shot’ at the Shockers

scoreUPDATED — In a bid for more subscribers through a national e-mail blast on Wednesday, PR News touted its “expert opinions” on communications and crisis management, among other things, through what a Wichita State University spokesman calls a “cheap shot” at the Shockers.

The PR group now needs a little crisis management help of its own.

The e-mail, which was about how to “score big” in the business, has a subject line that says “Don’t be like Wichita State.”

“Really, that’s the approach you’re going to take to generate business?” asks WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser. “It’s just a marketing attempt gone awry. Is it the end of the world? No. But it’s unfortunate.”

His day began with a couple of e-mails from his counterparts at Wake Forest University and Princeton University alerting him to the slam against the school and its beloved Shockers.

“And, yes, I am unsubscribing from their distribution list,” one said after saying how much the slam annoyed him.

It’s a sentiment others locally and nationally are echoing.

“We think this approach is mean-spirited and beneath contempt,” wrote Barth Hague, WSU’s associate vice president for university relations and chief marketing officer, in an e-mail to PR News about playing on the Shockers’ “heartbreaking loss.”

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You don’t say

“The same thing that happened to the Obamacare site happened to us today.”

College Hill Elementary fourth-grader Judah Hansen explaining to his parents about computer glitches with state testing

Bank of America slashes space at namesake building, plans to close banking center

UPDATED — Bank of America Center’s namesake tenant is significantly reducing its size at the building at Douglas and Broadway.

“That’s just one of the many they’re downsizing,” says Chris Ruffin, director of real estate for his father’s Ruffin Properties.

“It’s kind of sad since they’ve been such a longtime tenant. They’re a great tenant.”

Bank of America building in downtown Wichita.  (Oct. 9, 2012.)The North Carolina-based bank has been cutting costs and eliminating thousands of jobs over the past few years.

Currently, Bank of America has 50,000 square feet at its downtown Wichita headquarters.

“They’re cutting down to about 12,000 square feet and giving … us back the second floor,” says Phil Ruffin, who owns the building. “That’s how far we’ve gotten so far.”

The bank’s lease expires Dec. 31.

“We have been reviewing all of our corporate real estate needs across the country over the last several years,” bank spokeswoman Diane Wagner said in an e-mail.

“We have identified some areas that will allow us to become more efficient and are working to reduce the space we have to fit the needs of our businesses. In Wichita, this means we are reducing our space in the 100 N. Broadway location . . . . We do plan to continue to have some offices in the building, but can’t share any further details at this time.”

Wagner does confirm, though, that Bank of America’s retail banking center will close.

“As it relates to our banking center, after careful consideration, we have chosen to close the banking center at 100 N. Broadway as we will consolidate and serve our banking center customers’ needs from our nearby Mid Towne Center facility at 411 S Topeka St.,” Wagner wrote. “This consolidation into our motor bank building will require significant investment in the facility and demonstrates our commitment in the downtown district for Wichita.”

“It’s beautiful space,” Phil Ruffin says. “There’s no space like it in Wichita, I can tell you that.”

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