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“I just feel like I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘Look at me. Retail does work in Old Town.’ ”

Gary Gregory, owner of the 15-year-old First Gear shoe store in Old Town, who disagrees with Picture Framing & More owner Brett Osburn on the success of retail business in that area

Picture Framing & More to close in Old Town Square

WICHITA — Brett Osburn is closing his Picture Framing & More in Old Town Square after almost six years in business, but he’s not blaming the economy.

“The economy is definitely not helping out,” he says.

The bigger problem, Osburn says, is Old Town.

His business has “never been what I hoped for.”

The store’s average ticket is good, Osburn says, but he doesn’t see enough customers.

“That’s been the No. 1 problem since Day 1,” he says.

“I don’t get the sense that people out east (or) out west are coming down.”

Even though Old Town boasts a number of unique businesses, Osburn says, he’s not sure most Wichitans even know they’re there.

“I don’t think a lot of Wichitans are using the area or even know what’s down here,” he says.

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