Carrie Rengers

Two Wichita sports stores to liquidate

Instead of moving his Tad’s Locker Room to the Shops at Tallgrass as planned, Tad Snarenberger is not going to reopen his east-side store. He’s closing his west-side store, too.

“I will be closing my doors for good June 30,” says a disappointed Snarenberger. “We are starting a liquidation closing sale. . . . Starting now.”

He’s facing a lawsuit from his former landlord at Cambridge Market, the center at 21st and Webb Road, site of his east-side store for more than a dozen years until it closed in March.

Snarenberger says he couldn’t pay his December rent and thought he worked out a plan for it to be moved to 2019, but then the center demanded that month’s rent plus January and February.

“I couldn’t write a check like that,” he says. “So they asked that I leave there by March 31st.”

No one with the center would comment on the suit.

Snarenberger says he planned to reopen at the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road this summer, but “I’ve run out of money and run out of time.”

He says there are a lot of things that led to his situation.

One that he says he almost hates to say was the performance of teams at Wichita State University, KU and K-State..

“You never want to say you’re dependent on a team,” Snarenberger says.

However, when the Shockers were on a big roll several years ago, he expanded his east-side store.

More recently, Snarenberger says, fans continued to support the Shockers and other teams by going to games but not by buying related merchandise.

That was just one of many issues, he says.

“I can point fingers a lot of times,” Snarenberger says. “The end result is there was too much debt, and I’ve just decided it’s best to close the stores.”

He says the west-side store near 21st and Ridge is having the liquidation sale for both stores.

“So a good run has come to an end.”

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Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.