You don’t say

“I guess I’ll just die.”

– What Old Town resident Charlie Claycomb, trying to cancel his home phone service, told a Cox Communications representative who asked what would happen if he didn’t have a land line during an emergency

You don’t say

“I’ve never seen anything like it … and my mom’s house was destroyed in the April 1991 tornado.”

— Former Wichitan Kristin Peck, vice president for government and public affairs for Cox Communications in Oklahoma, in an e-mail about the massive tornado that hit Moore on Monday

Derby Mattress Hub to move to Derby Marketplace and expand

WICHITA — The Derby Mattress Hub is moving to the Derby Marketplace at North Rock Road and Tall Tree Road.

“We just think the growth of Derby is fantastic,” says Ryan Baty, who founded the Wichita company with Mark Barrientos in 2008. “There’s a lot of retail opportunities out of that new development.”

The current store, which licensee Sharon Kinney calls an outlet store, is at 105 S. Baltimore Ave.

The new store, which will open by Memorial Day, will be in 4,000 square feet in front of Target in the same center where Capitol Federal and Cox Communications are.

Kinney likely will still be involved with the new Mattress Hub, but it will now be a corporate store.

“Our goal is we really want to maximize … the mattress business in Derby,” Baty says. “If we brought the corporate store down there with the corporate concept … I think Derby would be better served.”

He says that means a “very upscale, very spacious” store.

“We also have further expansion into Kansas City that’s happening and in southwest Missouri,” Baty says.

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Sources: Occidental Management signs letter of intent to buy Union Station

WICHITA — After about five years of courtship with various suitors, it looks like Union Station finally may be engaged again.

Sources say Occidental Management has signed a letter of intent to buy the downtown property that Cox Communications owns and where it previously had its Kansas headquarters.

“We continue to have discussions with interested parties,” says Jay Allbaugh, Cox’s vice president of government and public affairs for the Cox Central Region.

Allbaugh won’t say anything further, and Occidental chairman and CEO Gary Oborny says he can’t comment on the situation.

Union Station and its 111,000-square-foot campus first went on the market in spring 2008, about a year after Cox left for bigger offices at 901 George Washington Blvd.

The list price for the former train station at 701 E. Douglas is $6.4 million.

Clay Center businessman Phil Frigon’s $5.5 million, 2009 deal to buy the campus to create a mixed-use development collapsed when he failed to reach an agreement for the city to lease parking from him for Intrust Bank Arena.

A mixed-use development that potentially would include retail, office and residential space and would help further revitalize downtown has been the top hope of potential uses for Union Station.

Oborny and Occidental have a history of converting older properties into new developments, most notably with the former Northrock 6 Theater at 32nd Street and North Rock Road. They converted the theater into an 80,000-square-foot, Class A office complex where Occidental now has its headquarters.

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Communications Test Design Inc. to service Cox Communications products with 100 workers at a new facility

WICHITA — A new company is coming to northeast Wichita to partner with Cox Communications and create about 100 new jobs.

Pennsylvania-based Communications Test Design Inc., or CTDI, is taking 112,000 square feet at 3434 N. Comotara.

“This is a dedicated facility for Cox,” says Jim O’Hara, CTDI director of marketing. “We’re an engineering test and repair company, and we service network equipment for customers.”

That means products Cox customers are going to use or have used will have software uploaded on them at this facility or be recycled or prepared for reuse here.

“CTDI and Cox … have a really nice relationship now,” O’Hara says.

This is the fifth such facility the companies have partnered on nationwide.

The almost 40-year-old CTDI is based in West Chester, Pa., and its headquarters handles services for a number of different customers, including wireless operators.

“Our history is we typically do expand our operations to service other customers in the region,” O’Hara says. “That would be down the road.”

It likely also would mean a second facility.

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