WICHITA — For every story of a business closing lately there seems to be one of a business expanding.
The latest is A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.
"We're going to more than double our size," owner Dan Beltz says.
He's had the store since 1992.
"Believe it or not, we only had 800 square feet before," Beltz says.
He's adding another 1,100 square feet by knocking out a wall and expanding into the former Prairie Quilts space.
Beltz's story isn't typical for his industry.
"Nationwide, we're losing a lot of sewing machine dealers. They're just not making it. Even here in town some of them are hurting."
His business is "doing extremely well," though.
"We're taking awfully good care of our customers," Beltz says.
The service side of his business, which has four employees repairing equipment, is doing especially well.
Beltz says people send sewing machines for repair from as far away as overseas.