Carrie Rengers

Wichita Community Market founder evicted from Westway

Village Flea Market's closing brings back memories

Jason Knipp, whose parents worked at the Village Flea Market, remembers growing up around the vendors with all the sights, sounds and smells that gave him a happy childhood. Now that the market is slated to close after 42 years, he hopes to find a
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Jason Knipp, whose parents worked at the Village Flea Market, remembers growing up around the vendors with all the sights, sounds and smells that gave him a happy childhood. Now that the market is slated to close after 42 years, he hopes to find a

There’s some drama surrounding one of the two new flea markets that opened after the closure of the Village Flea Market this summer, and the result may be the start of a third new market.

About the time the Village Flea Market closed in early July, one-time Village manager Jael Van Boening started the Wichita Community Market in the Westway Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Pawnee and Seneca.

She has now been evicted.

“She never paid any rent,” says Westway asset manager Nader Arjmand.

Van Boening says Westway’s Raymond Arjmand, Nader Arjmand’s father, asked her to open the market.

She says he asked her to “just hurry up and get open” and put all the money she received from vendors toward repairs at the building.

Van Boening says she does not have anything in writing from anyone connected with Westway saying that she could apply rent payments toward renovations.

“Unfortunately, no,” she says. “In my world, a handshake still counts.”

Nader Arjmand went through Sedgwick County District Court to evict Van Boening on Friday.

“We’re going to continue to sue her for monetary damages.”

He adds, “In real estate … everything must be in writing.”

Nader Arjmand says Van Boening collected rent from as many as 60 vendors without paying Westway.

Arjmand says the vendors will remain, and Westway will run the market.

Van Boening says she’s not sure how she’ll respond yet. She is, though, trying to find new space to open another market for the vendors.

“I still want to help them keep their businesses.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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