Longtime shop L.J. Pracht Co. slated to close; executor hopes to keep it open
04/15/2014 3:13 PM
08/08/2014 4:44 PM
WICHITA — Wichita may be losing another one of its oldest retail shops.
Perhaps not unexpectedly, L.J. Pracht Co., a one-of-a-kind wrapping store that also sells jewelry making supplies at 1500 E. Douglas, is slated to close on April 25.
Owner Jim Pracht III died more than two years ago.
However, Willi Richert, executor of Pracht's estate, isn't willing to make the store's closure final yet.
"What is it Mark Twain said? His passing was greatly exaggerated," Richert says.
"Hopefully, we've got a couple of different people who are showing interest, and maybe we can continue. That's been my hope from the start."
Pracht's grandfather opened the store on Main Street in 1923.
"It's been an integral part of the city for a lot of years – almost 100 – and you hate to see a business like that close down," Richert says.
"It's a unique store that reflects a different time, but it's still a necessary product that they sell."
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