Apadana rug store to close in January
10/02/2013 4:45 PM
10/02/2013 5:13 PM
WICHITA — Another downtown business is leaving, but unlike Lawrence Photo’s move that was announced earlier today, this one’s not going anywhere else.
"I don't feel good," Bahman Raisdana says of closing his Apadana rug store. "I just love this business."
Raisdana is a native of Iran and moved to Kansas in 1973 to get his MBA. In 1974, he started Apadana mainly as a wholesale rug business. He moved into his current retail space at 1312 E. Douglas in 1989.
Along the way, Raisdana had stores in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.
"This is the last store I am closing," he says.
Part of the reason behind the closure is Raisdana's retirement. He and his wife have been commuting to Seattle to be with their sons and plan to retire there.
"I don't want to work that hard anymore," Raisdana says.
He says a big reason behind the closing, though, is the economy.
Wichita Top Jobs
Residence Inn Wichita
Quality Drive Away
Kansas Aviation Museum
Health Ministries Clinic
The Cabinet Lady
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.