WICHITA — Another downtown business is leaving, but unlike Lawrence Photo’s move that was announced earlier today, this one’s not going anywhere else.
"I don't feel good," Bahman Raisdana says of closing his Apadana rug store. "I just love this business."
Raisdana is a native of Iran and moved to Kansas in 1973 to get his MBA. In 1974, he started Apadana mainly as a wholesale rug business. He moved into his current retail space at 1312 E. Douglas in 1989.
Along the way, Raisdana had stores in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.
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"This is the last store I am closing," he says.
Part of the reason behind the closure is Raisdana's retirement. He and his wife have been commuting to Seattle to be with their sons and plan to retire there.
"I don't want to work that hard anymore," Raisdana says.
He says a big reason behind the closing, though, is the economy.