Grand Chapel to get new sign along with possible new owner

WICHITA — The stone sign in front of the Grand Chapel event space at 828 N. Broadway has been demolished, but it’s not because the business is closing.

It’s because a new LED sign with a moving message is going to be installed.

“I’ve been fighting this for years,” says co-owner Dennis Wilkie, who says his partner insisted on the new sign.

The Grand Chapel's sign is now gone, but a new LED sign will soon be in its place.

The Grand Chapel’s sign is now gone, but a new LED sign will soon be in its place.

“Yeah, they might get a lot more attention, but I think they just kind of look cheesy,” Wilkie says. “I’d like to keep it more of a refined look.”

As Wilkie told Have You Heard? in March, he’s trying to sell the business and the building, which is a 1917 former church with 18,000 square feet and seating for more than 600 people in the former sanctuary. There’s also a reception hall, dance floor and bar area.

“I’ve got a lot of interest in the business from people who just wouldn’t qualify to buy the real estate,” Wilkie says.

He says he also has someone who is interested in buying the building, and he says it may be a situation where he can bring two parties together for a deal.

As for the sign, Wilkie says it “could be a permanent thing, or it could be a temporary thing.”

“Maybe we are better off raising the visibility of the place.”