McCurdy Auction to auction former Checkers merchandise and equipment along with contents of former Scholfield site

WICHITA — Everything that didn’t sell at the Checkersgoing-out-of-business sale by Tuesday when it closed is now going to be up for auction.

Megan McCurdy says it’s going to be a big one.

“Basically everything you’d find in a grocery store,” she says.

McCurdy Auction will hold an auction at 9 a.m. on June 18 and 19.

The grocery store, which was in the Pawnee and Hydraulic area since 1987, has already sold all of its fresh produce and meat. Other food, such as canned goods, remains along with cosmetics, pharmacy and pet supplies.

At noon on the second day of the sale, the store’s equipment will be sold. That includes a forklift, walk-in coolers, shelves, ovens and meat slicers among other things.

McCurdy says the auction is so big, there will be multiple auctioneers working simultaneously.

“They’re going to be long, full days.”

Scholfield Buick GMC also is having an auction at 10 a.m. on June 13 to sell the furniture and equipment at its former store at 7633 E. Kellogg. The dealership moved to the southwest corner of 13th and Greenwich.

McCurdy says the auction includes office furniture and shop equipment, such as lifts, tools and an alignment machine.

“That one’s pretty manageable,” she says.

Finally, McCurdy is going to be holding one of its quarterly auctions for about 40 mostly residential investment properties at 6 p.m. on June 27 at the Holiday Inn near Kellogg and Rock Road.

Each of the properties will be open to tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23.

Most of the properties are available to see at www.mccurdyauction.com. All of them will be posted by the end of the week.

Jack’s North Hi Carryout doesn’t sell — yet

WICHITA — The Jack’s North Hi Carryout auction was today, but it didn’t sell – yet.

The highest bidder declined to proceed with the sale, which is unusual but not unheard of.

McCurdy Auction is still working with potential buyers, including one in particular, who were at the auction.

Since the building across from North High School is still for sale, other interested buyers who weren’t at the auction still have time to buy as well.

Jack’s North Hi Carryout owner says the business sold for $116,600 at its last auction

WICHITA — Jack’s North Hi Carryout owner Austin Herron and McCurdy Auction auctioneer Megan McCurdy would like to get one thing clear before the April 11 auction of the business.

When Herron bought the business at auction in 2010, it sold for $116,600 – not $106,000 as the previous owner said. It looks like a buyer’s premium or some other real estate fee accounts for the discrepancy.

McCurdy says a lot has changed since the last time the business sold.

“The business is in a different condition today.”

She says there have been improvements to the building and the equipment in it.

“He’s really turned it around,” McCurdy says of Herron.

She says personal reasons are prompting him to sell.

“He’s not leaving for the sake of it not doing well. In fact, he’s got a good demand. I’ve been in there, and it’s been very busy.”

Jack’s North Hi Carryout for auction again

UPDATED — After decades and decades with only a couple of owners, Jack’s North Hi Carryout has been in a fairly constant state of transition for the last decade.

Current operator Austin Herron has hired McCurdy Auction to auction the building across from North High School on April 11.

“He is planning on going back to school,” says Ramona Herron, who bought the building in 2010 for her grandson to run the restaurant. She paid $116,600 for it.

Herron says her grandson is helping her with an ill family member as well.

“He thought, well, he can’t do all three,” she says.

Even before he decided to sell, Ramona Herron says her grandson fielded inquiries from people interested in buying the piece of Wichita history. The restaurant opened in 1951 and was an immediate hit.

“There’s been a lot of people … come in and ask him about it,” Herron says. “A lot of them have tried to get the money but can’t.”

The restaurant has been closed for several days for spring break but is reopening Wednesday.

Herron says her grandson plans to keep the restaurant open until the auction.

And if it doesn’t sell?

“Well, he’ll keep it open until it does.”

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.”

InSite Real Estate Group leads partership that buys Jim’s Builders Hardware building

WICHITA — A partnership led by Delano inhabitant InSite Real Estate Group has purchased the former Jim’s Builders Hardware building at 567 W. Douglas.

That’s just around the clock tower from where the company’s office is at 608 W.  Douglas.

Jim’s closed about a month ago after more than three decades in business.

“Obviously, we were disappointed to see such a … longstanding business in Delano close their doors,” says InSite broker Carl Hebert.

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Jim’s Builders Hardware in Delano closes

WICHITA — After more than three decades in business, Jim’s Builders Hardware in Delano is closing.

“We’re just closing because of the economy,” owner Jeanne McKiernan says. “It’s really a melancholy situation. We didn’t want to close.”

McKiernan’s late husband, Jim, and a business partner started the company in Kechi in 1979. The store then moved to Delano and has been at a couple of different addresses. It’s been at 567 W. Douglas since 1987.

“This business was built around builders building homes,” McKiernan says. “Builders stopped building homes, so consequently that had a big impact on this business.

“That’s the whole thing.”

Though McKiernan says she’s in business until Oct. 31, the store already is closed to the public. Mainly, she’s now packing boxes.

McCurdy Auction will auction the property and its contents on Nov. 28.

The 5,000-square-foot building was built in 1907.

The construction market has been down for years, but McKiernan says she tried to hold out as long as she could. Finally, she decided she had to close.

“When your business isn’t making money anymore, that’s the clue.”

Fire station, office park on planning agenda

WICHITA — There are a couple of items of interest coming soon before the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Sedgwick County is seeking a zoning change from single family residential to limited commercial for the southwest corner of University and Tyler.

There’s an 8,115-square-foot decommissioned fire station there that the county hopes to sell.

Look for an auction through McCurdy Auction once the zoning change is approved.

One person connected to rezoning calls it an interesting piece of property in part because former fire stations are unique structures that are “solid as a rock.”

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