Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to move to new space on East Kellogg

WICHITA — Several years ago, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing owner Richard Tade was driving down East Kellogg when he spotted a “for sale” sign at Kellogg and Erie.

“I’m going, wow, this is for sale? At eye level on Kellogg?”

He promptly bought the property.

Now, he’s building a new 3,200-square-foot building there for his company’s office and a warehouse.

“Our whole objective was for the exposure of the location,” Tade says.

“I’ve been trying to build this building for about four or five years.”

He almost did it in late 2006.

“I realized that was just too much of a burden to put on the company,” he says of financing the deal.

So he started allocating money for when the time came to build.

“And that time came.”

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