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Checkers grocery store to close

05/22/2013 10:43 AM

05/22/2013 11:13 AM

WICHITA — Checkers, a longtime store in the Pawnee and Hydraulic area, is closing.

"The store is closing just due to economic conditions," says Mike Collins, store manager.

The independent grocery, which is at 1915 E. Pawnee, has been open since 1987.

Collins won't discuss who owns the store.

"We just don't want to put that out there."

The grocery leased the building. Collins isn't sure what may take the store's place or if there's another tenant considering the space.

The store's last day is May 28.

"Everything's 30 percent off," Collins says.

He won't talk specifics on what happened to lead the store to close.

"The whole issue has just been the economy, and that's just it," Collins says. "That's just about all we can say."

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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