Office This to close May 1

04/01/2013 5:01 PM

04/01/2013 5:01 PM

Office This, which leases office and conference space at the former site of the Wichita Mall at 4031 E. Harry, plans to close May 1.

Owner Max Cole said he has a pending deal for 50,000 to 100,000 square feet of space at the site. He said he couldn’t yet disclose the new plans for the site, but he said Monday that he needed to close Office This to free up space for the deal.

“We’ll try to accommodate anyone who needs some extra time,” he said of current businesses in the facility and the planned May 1 closure date.

He said members at Office This were notified today.

When Cole began leasing space at the site in 2007, the timing was less than ideal. The economy was just starting a long slide into recession, and as was the case in the rest of the real estate markets, there was a lot more supply than demand.

He did see things start turn around in 2009 with more members signing up for space or expanding. He said Monday that he now has about 200 members – businesses or individuals that rent space.

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