WICHITA — Late last year, Have You Heard? reported that Lone Star Business Solutions would be leaving Wichita this summer.
The company was part of the Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, which in late 2006 bought the group of restaurants that Wichita’s Jamie Coulter once owned.
Lone Star Business Solutions is now gone, but there’s still a notice to vacate on the door to its former 16,000-square-foot office on the 13th floor of the Wichita Executive Centre.
That’s the Real Development property at 125 N. Market that’s gotten attention recently for air conditioning and other maintenance issues.
“Initially, there was a dispute as to the amount owed for the early termination,” says Real Development’s Michael Elzufon.
The notice says the company owed almost $55,000 for May and June rent plus interest.
“We worked through it and made the resolution,” Elzufon says. “Everybody shook hands. That’s it. We’re done.”
He says the issue was a bigger deal than it might have been because of the work his company did to renovate the space for Lone Star.
“It was a very significant investment on our part,” he says. “We were certainly . . . hoping they were a long-term tenant.”
Elzufon says the company’s move had nothing to do with issues at the building.
“It was an unfortunate setback not unlike the whole economy and a number of other fun things that have come our way in the last couple of years.”