Carrie Rengers

Downtown landmark closes after three decades

The first of two auctions to sell the contents of A Legacy Antique Mall will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The first of two auctions to sell the contents of A Legacy Antique Mall will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The Wichita Eagle

In November, A Legacy Antique Mall owner Diana Watson told Have You Heard? she was downsizing her three-decade-old business at the corner of Douglas and Emporia.

“That’s exactly all I’m doing is downsizing,” she said at the time.

Now, though, the store has closed.

Watson couldn’t be reached for comment, but in a message on the store’s answering machine, she said that “it saddens me to inform everybody that I had to close my doors here.”

“We are no longer open for business,” the message says. “We are working very hard inside trying to get ready for an auction.”

Signs on the building say the auction will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The answering machine message says there will be another auction on March 10 and 11.

Previously, Watson had said she was letting go of almost 18,000 square feet of the store’s space over three floors on the west side of the business because it was too much to take care of.

“I hope I can stay (and) keep this alive down here,” Watson said in November. “I’ve always believed in this place.”

Her message says a lot of the dealers who had been at her shop can now be found a few blocks away at Hewitt’s Antiques at 228 N. Market.

“Again, I appreciate all your business throughout the years,” an emotional Watson says on the machine. “I always have, I always will.”

She then implores people to shop local.

“I will miss you all. Goodbye.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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