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Marshmallow Kisses to close Feb. 21

WICHITA — The lease is up for Marshmallow Kisses at the Shops at Tallgrass, and owner Kelly George is not going to renew it.

"It's just a little too scary to take on another two years or five years or whatever," she says.

The problem is "the economy and the prediction for the economy for the next couple of years."

"With the way the situation has been this year, it's too stressful," George says.

She originally planned to close last year, but when George started a going-out-of-business sale, she had such overwhelming customer response that she decided to remain open.

She won't this time, though.

The store, which opened in early 2005, will close Feb. 21.

George has had a few people who were interested in buying her shop, but then they learned what an investment it would be.

"It's a lot more than people realize."