Terry Newman considers opening a hitting facility at the former Crestview Marine site

WICHITA — In January, when Have You Heard? reported that Crestview Marine had closed, the new owner of the building wasn’t quite ready to reveal himself.

Now he is.

Terry Newman has purchased the 5,000-square-foot building near Central and Greenwich, but what he’s going to do with it remains to be seen.

As the Papa John’s Pizza franchisee views it, he could do several things with the space.

“We just weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to be over there,” Newman says. “It’s a great location.”

He says it’s an easy-in, easy-out site.

Option No. 1, Newman says, is a possible baseball hitting facility. He has two sons, ages 13 and almost 16.

“My boys are going to play baseball for many years to come,” he says.

“We’re trying to figure out the right way to do it,” Newman says of a possible facility. “How do you build it? What do you build? What do you put in?”

He says there’s plenty of room for his trailers and other Papa John’s equipment at the site.

“It’s great to have the space.”

To do the hitting facility, Newman would add another building.

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Crestview Marine closes, building sells

WICHITA — Almost three decades after opening, Crestview Marine near Central and Greenwich has closed.

“My decision to do this is completely economy driven,” says owner Kelly Miller.

Miller opened the business with his father, Homer, in 1987. When his father died in 1998, Miller bought the business.

“It’s been a fun business,” he says of selling and servicing boats.

When the economy crashed, though, so did his business.

“This industry took a pretty hard hit for the past five years,” Miller says. “It just became obvious it was time for something else.”

He says he concentrated on closing with dignity “if there’s any such thing.”

“It’s hard,” Miller says. “It’s what I’ve done for a very long time.”

McCurdy Auction will auction the contents of the building Feb. 21.

“Everything’s going to be sold down to the walls,” Miller says. He says that includes “26 years of accumulation.”

There are new owners of the 5,500-square-foot building, which sits on 1.34 acres at 11018 E. Central. They prefer to remain anonymous.

Patrick Ahern of NAI Martens and Grant Tidemann and Terry Rupp of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. is seeking a tenant for the space.

Miller isn’t sure what he’ll do next. He says he didn’t allow himself to think about that while still operating Crestview.

“Once you do, you give up,” he says.

“I’m confident that tomorrow will have some opportunities that will give me something to do. … Tomorrow could be the best thing that ever happened.”