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East-side Play It Again Sports to remain open despite struggles

WICHITA — The east-side Play It Again Sports is almost $17,000 behind in state taxes, but owner Jeff Hampton says his store is not in danger of closing.

“We’ve struggled a little bit,” he says of his new and used sporting goods and fitness equipment store at 11309 E. Kellogg.

Hampton says the December holiday season was not the boom time it should have been.

“It’s slowly, slowly starting to come back around,” he says.

Hampton is remodeling to reduce his space from 4,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet “to muddle through all this.”

He’s owned the 3-year-old store for a year. Hampton is not an owner in the west-side Play It Again Sports.

Closing isn’t an option, Hampton says. There’s “no chance of that.”