Carrie Rengers

Businessman at work in Circuit City's old spot

Some alert readers have noticed lights on in the former Circuit City space on East Kellogg lately.

The building has been empty since Circuit City left years ago.

There's a new owner of the building, but he's not ready to say much yet.

Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com , said in an e-mailed statement that he bought the 40,000-square-foot building at 8405 E. Kellogg, which is near the entrance to I-35.

He'll use the building as his corporate headquarters and for his company's warehouse.

Norris is a former chiropractor who practiced here for 20 years until selling his clinic in 2006 after having success with his online ventures.

His iFurn.com has been selling home and office furniture since 1998.

PainReliever.com has been selling pain relief products since 1997.

Norris plans to open a new venture at the new space in 2011. He's not sharing details just yet, but Norris says he promises to share the scoop with Have You Heard? when he's ready.

Norris currently has an office in Legacy Park at 21st and Webb, which is now for lease — which Norris would prefer — or sale.

The 5,600-square-foot building is on about an acre and has what Norris calls "relaxing pond views."

It's where he had his chiropractic office and where he has his headquarters for his online businesses until January, when he moves.

Norris says there are four treatment rooms, two large offices, a spacious waiting room and conference and break rooms.

He's asking $795,000. If you're interested, you can reach Norris at 316-239-6302.

Annual exam

It was at about this time last year that Wesley Medical Center took its advertising account from Howerton and White , which had it for about five years, to Associated .

Now, Wesley has jumped from Associated to the new Rowley and Ablah agency.

No one with Wesley Medical Center, Wichita's second-largest hospital, would comment on the switch.

Jeff Ablah and one-time Associated CEO Bruce Rowley (who wasn't at Associated when it had the Wesley account) formed their new Rowley and Ablah agency in early November, and Ablah says landing Wesley shows "tremendous trust."

"Obviously, we would wear it as a badge of honor to have a client such as them. There's no question about that."

Two Associated representatives also are commenting.

"We're proud of the work we've done for Wesley over the last year," says Shawn Steward , Associated's director of public relations.

He says Wesley representatives indicated the agency helped the hospital "make great strides."

He's not sure why the hospital chose to switch agencies.

"They honestly didn't give us any direction in the notification."

Steward says the agency doesn't generally talk about winning or losing clients.

However, he says, "Just in the past couple of weeks we've secured a couple new clients, and that's going to easily cover us in terms of any hit we would take from the Wesley account."

Sean Amore, Associated's business development specialist, says the agency has had "a nice run bringing in new business" lately.

"We've been very concentrated on new business in the last year or so," Amore says.

Though Amore says the agency never wants to see a client go, the loss isn't a substantial blow.

"It doesn't help us grow, but it doesn't put us in a hole either, frankly."

Rowley and Ablah is growing rapidly.

"We have definitely upsized," Ablah says. "We are already looking at potentially new space."

The agency has hired three employees so far and likely will hire three more by the end of the year.

"We're getting good people, and we're getting a very nice response," Ablah says. "It's, again, a very nice compliment."

You don't say

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—A recent report on Creekstone Farms beef by Tyler Mathisen on CNBC's "Power Lunch ," which has generated a lot of inquiries at the Arkansas City company

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