Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum reorganizes, becomes its own nonprofit

WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum has made some changes that its board hopes will enhance it over time.

The museum, which is at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton, is now its own nonprofit and has separated its governance and operations from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The two have been at separate sites since the Hall of Fame moved from Old Town to the Wichita Boathouse in 2010.

“It’s natural for us to take this step and just keep the two separate,” says board member Debra Mitchell, who also handles public relations for her family’s Chisholm Trail.

Mitchell says local operations mean a more local board.

“We’ll have a lot more input by local people and just a lot more interaction with the community.”

Although the Hall of Fame and the museum are separate now, an overall board of trustees still governs them both.

The museum has been closed most of the summer to reorganize and select its board.

It’s now reopen in 14,100 square feet, which compares to 18,000 square feet that it previously had.

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LeJs Bar-B-Q to move to Chisholm Trail Center

WICHITA — The growing number of businesses at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton is attracting one more.

Jeffery Love is moving his LeJs Bar-B-Q from 1607 W. First Street in Newton to Chisholm Trail.

“The west side of Newton’s been really good to me, but I just think Chisholm is a better location,” he says.

Part of the reason is his lunch crowd dropped off when nearby Norcraft had layoffs.

Mostly, though, Love likes the number of businesses moving to Chisholm Trail.

For instance, Baker Furniture recently opened, and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame annex will open by Christmas.

“I just think the timing’s right, basically,” Love says.

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Chisholm Trail close to 100 percent occupied

WICHITA — With the addition of a branch of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops is close to 100 percent leased.

“It’ll put us right about 94 percent,” says Brent Mitchell, an attorney with Martin Pringle who owns the center with his brother, Brian.

“We’ve been working on this one for a while,” he says of the Hall’s 21,000 square feet.

The Mitchells bought the center three years ago this August when occupancy was only 35 percent.

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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to locate at Chisholm Trail in addition to Boathouse

WICHITA — Even though the spacious Wichita Boathouse is going to be the new home for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, there’s still not room to house all of the Hall’s memorabilia.

That’s because the second floor of the Boathouse will be used for event and party rentals.

“We don’t want to put these things in a box and put them on a back shelf somewhere,” says Ted Hayes, the Hall’s president and CEO, of high school and college sports memorabilia. “That would be a shame.”

Enter Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops. The Hall is taking 21,000 square feet at the Newton center.

“Obviously, right beside the interstate at an exit in a growing retail development made an awfully lot of sense just from (a standpoint of) visibility and location,” Hayes says.

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