WICHITA – After doing business in Peabody since 1897, Baker Furniture and Carpet is moving.
“Mr. Baker’s been here since he was a little kid,” sales clerk Becky Kyle says of Brock Baker, who owns the store with his wife, Sheryl. “It’s been one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make.”
Baker Furniture in Park City also is closing, and a new Baker Furniture is opening in 28,000 square feet in Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.
“The main reason for closing both locations is so that we can be at a centrally located location,” Kyle says.
“It’s just gotten harder and harder to get people to drive out here,” says sales clerk Tammy Pickens. “People just don’t have time like they used to.”
Also, she says, gas prices and the often-perilous Highway 50 have an impact, too.