J.R. Koontz puts his building on the market

koontztwoWICHITA — A couple of days after celebrating his 40th year in business, J.R. Koontz has put his building – not his J.R. Koontz Flowers – up for sale.

“I’m downsizing,” Koontz says.

“It’s been an increasing struggle for us as well as other businesses.”

Koontz bought the 10,000-square-foot building at 633 N. Broadway in 2003. The building was built as a house and eventually became a funeral home.

He says it’s a “fabulous” space but that he wants “to get out from underneath this.”

Koontz adds that he wants “someone to love it as much as we do because it’s a great facility.”

He says after selling the building, he’ll take care of debts and relocate.

“I have an idea where I’d like to go.”

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You don’t say

“Well, I’m going to be around another 40 just to keep paying off debts.”

– J.R. Koontz joking about marking the 40th anniversary of his namesake floral shop

J.R. Koontz Flowers behind in state taxes

WICHITA — Another longtime Wichita business is struggling and behind on taxes because of the economy.

J.R. Koontz Flowers owes $23,559 in state sales tax.

“We’re trying to get that resolved right now,” says owner J.R. Koontz. “It’s not only embarrassing, but it’s just very difficult.”

He says he suspected there was a problem, but not to this extent.

“I was just kind of blown away,” Koontz says. “I thought, truthfully, it wouldn’t go this far.”

He says contributing to the issue is his purchase of the 10,000-square-foot building at 633 N. Broadway where he moved the business a decade ago.

“Quite honestly, this facility is a dream come true, and I’m glad I did it,” Koontz says. “Regretfully, it probably wasn’t the smartest business move.”

Though he may be good with flowers, Koontz says running a business isn’t his specialty.

“I’m probably one of the worst business people there is when it comes to paying attention to handling those business things.”

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