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Zelman's downtown building ready to lease

WICHITA — After not being home to much activity for the last several years, the Zelman's building at the northeast corner of St. Francis and Douglas is ready for new tenants.

"If you take a look at the studies and downtown revitalizing, this is the prime location, and I think we owe it to the city and to the community to do something with the corner," says David Moses, whose family has occupied the building since the 1920s and has owned it for decades.

Moses is a lawyer at Case Moses Zimmerman & Martin, but he says, "If I didn't have my own professional career right now, it would be kind of neat to try and continue what my grandfather started back in the '20s.

"It'd be neat to try to do a men's clothing store down there again."

Moses' grandfather, Sam Zelman, immigrated here from Czechoslovakia in 1920 and started his Zelman's clothing store in the '20s with the intention of bringing his family here once he got established.

"By the time he was able to do that, Hitler was taking power," Moses says.

"By the time my grandfather was able to make all the arrangements, it was too late."