Carrie Rengers

Trek AEC to leave Market Centre for O.W. Garvey Building

The exodus of office tenants continues at the Market Centre in preparation for new apartments to be built there.
The exodus of office tenants continues at the Market Centre in preparation for new apartments to be built there. File photo

Trek AEC is another Market Centre tenant that’s leaving the building at First and Market to make way for new apartments.

“We were one of the first tenants,” says Phyllis Freeman, the company’s operations administrator of Kansas.

Back then, the business was known as American Energies Corp. – Trek Resources purchased the company in 2012 and changed the name – and it moved to the downtown building almost 30 years ago after it was converted to office use.

Market Centre was built as the Lassen Hotel in 1919. New owners are converting the building to a 110-unit apartment complex.

Trek AEC has had 4,700 square feet in the building. The oil and gas operator is now moving to about 2,500 square feet at the O.W. Garvey Building at 200 W. Douglas.

“We’re downsizing,” Freeman says, explaining that it’s a challenging time in the industry.

Trek AEC will start its move on Nov. 13 and be completely out of the Market Centre by Dec. 1.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Larry Weber of the Garvey Center handled the deal for Trek AEC’s new space.

Freeman will be watching the apartment progress at the Market Centre when remodeling starts next year.

“I just wish them good luck, I guess,” says Freeman, who lives downtown.

“It’s a lot of fun, so I’m hoping that this all works out for everyone.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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