UPDATED — Bank of America Center’s namesake tenant is significantly reducing its size at the building at Douglas and Broadway.
“That’s just one of the many they’re downsizing,” says Chris Ruffin, director of real estate for his father’s Ruffin Properties.
“It’s kind of sad since they’ve been such a longtime tenant. They’re a great tenant.”
Currently, Bank of America has 50,000 square feet at its downtown Wichita headquarters.
“They’re cutting down to about 12,000 square feet and giving … us back the second floor,” says Phil Ruffin, who owns the building. “That’s how far we’ve gotten so far.”
The bank’s lease expires Dec. 31.
“We have been reviewing all of our corporate real estate needs across the country over the last several years,” bank spokeswoman Diane Wagner said in an e-mail.
“We have identified some areas that will allow us to become more efficient and are working to reduce the space we have to fit the needs of our businesses. In Wichita, this means we are reducing our space in the 100 N. Broadway location . . . . We do plan to continue to have some offices in the building, but can’t share any further details at this time.”
Wagner does confirm, though, that Bank of America’s retail banking center will close.
“As it relates to our banking center, after careful consideration, we have chosen to close the banking center at 100 N. Broadway as we will consolidate and serve our banking center customers’ needs from our nearby Mid Towne Center facility at 411 S Topeka St.,” Wagner wrote. “This consolidation into our motor bank building will require significant investment in the facility and demonstrates our commitment in the downtown district for Wichita.”
“It’s beautiful space,” Phil Ruffin says. “There’s no space like it in Wichita, I can tell you that.”