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Al's Old & New Book Store looking for new home after almost six decades in Delano

03/13/2014 2:44 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Al's Old & New Book Store owner Anita Siemer says she's "reeling."

That's because in about three months she'll be forced to move her store from its home at 1710 W. Douglas between Seneca and Meridian.

Siemer has owned the store for nine years, but it's been in that location for four decades and in Delano for almost 60 years.

"I'm trying to stay in Delano," she says.

Her landlord is selling the building, and Siemer says she's not sure where she'll find such accommodating rent again.

"My rent here has been really friendly over the years."

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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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