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July 30, 20125:18 p.m.
No one with Nashville-based Genesco is talking, but work is under way at the store, which will sell officially licensed KU merchandise.
It’s not clear when the 2,000-square-foot store will open.
It’s taking part of the former Souper!Salad! space at Eastgate.
Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. represented Eastgate, and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented the tenant.
Feb. 8, 20115:00 a.m.
“Them vacating is very advantageous for me,” he says.
He’s in his fifth year at the center at 21st and Webb, where he has about 4,000 square feet and sells “anything you can stick a college logo on.”
Snarenberger is taking Satchel Creek’s former 1,900 square feet.
“My issue is I don’t have enough space to display properly,” he says.
For instance, he has numerous types of Shocker shirts all squeezed into one rack.
“Look, we’re just too tight.”
Snarenberger says he wants to “give KU, K-State and Wichita State University their due.”
Each school will have its own wall once construction is done.
Snarenberger will create two arches in the wall that currently divides his store from the former Satchel Creek space.
He says his “game plan” will be to make that new space the House Divided, with one wall for KU and one for K-State.
That will allow him more room in the store’s original space for WSU items.
Construction will start this week, and the new space will be ready in about three weeks.
Sept. 13, 20106:04 a.m.
“We’re almost to 100,000 (views),” says co-owner Traci Cone. “It’s crazy.”
It’s proving to be a boon to business, too.
Cone was manning the store earlier this year when a man visiting from North Carolina stopped by and started shooting video.
“It happens every day,” Cone says of videos and photos.
Sometimes people won’t even come into the store to snap pictures or shoot video. Cone says they’ll sneak around corners.
The more than six-minute, spur-of-the-moment video the North Carolina man shot shows the store’s signature caskets — the KU casket is the most popular attraction — and unusual urns, such as a fishing pole.
“It has been amazing,” co-owner Nathan Smith says of reaction to the video. “Business was already good, but honestly that video took it to a whole new level.
“We have sold caskets and urns all across the country because of it.”
He also now has interest from at least five people who would like to have a franchise.
“We have been inundated about franchising,” Smith says.
Jan. 15, 20103:06 p.m.
“I’m a failed parent. Both daughters are at Kansas State University.”