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Terry Newman considers opening a hitting facility at the former Crestview Marine site

07/31/2013 5:00 AM

07/31/2013 6:13 AM

WICHITA — In January, when Have You Heard? reported that Crestview Marine had closed, the new owner of the building wasn't quite ready to reveal himself.

Now he is.

Terry Newman has purchased the 5,000-square-foot building near Central and Greenwich, but what he's going to do with it remains to be seen.

As the Papa John's Pizza franchisee views it, he could do several things with the space.

"We just weren't going to pass up an opportunity to be over there," Newman says. "It's a great location."

He says it's an easy-in, easy-out site.

Option No. 1, Newman says, is a possible baseball hitting facility. He has two sons, ages 13 and almost 16.

"My boys are going to play baseball for many years to come," he says.

"We're trying to figure out the right way to do it," Newman says of a possible facility. "How do you build it? What do you build? What do you put in?"

He says there's plenty of room for his trailers and other Papa John's equipment at the site.

"It's great to have the space."

To do the hitting facility, Newman would add another building.


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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