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Hardware store in Delano to close

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 7:19 a.m.

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.”

Pirata potential

Fans of the former Frida’s Mexican Grill may not have to keep dreaming of piratas, the tasty cross between a taco and a panini, much longer. They could be a reality early next year.

Owner Mario Quiroz is looking to reopen the restaurant, this time in Old Town.

“I would like to do something there,” Quiroz says.

He’s eyeing several possibilities but doesn’t have a deal yet.

Frida’s, which closed in 2010, used to be just west of 21st and Amidon near Thai Binh.

Quiroz hasn’t decided if he’ll resurrect the Frida’s name, though he thinks it’s likely.

Fans of the former restaurant don’t have to worry about what he’ll serve, though.

“I know I will use the Frida’s menu for sure,” Quiroz says. “I had a lot of followers.

“People are still asking me . . . ‘Hey, when are you going to reopen Frida’s?’ ”

His answer: “As soon as I can get in a good spot.”

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Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

Got a hot tip or a quirky story? Call Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or e-mail crengers@wichitaeagle.com.

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