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Shoe Warehouse plans to relocate, double space

WICHITA — The Shoe Warehouse building at 1029 W. Douglas in Delano is for sale or lease, but the store isn't leaving Wichita.

"We're trying to relocate," says Vick Baklayan, president of the Maryland-based chain.

The company tried to sell or lease the space in 2008 to raise capital, but nothing happened.

Now, Baklayan says the store needs more space.

Currently, it has 5,500 square feet. He's looking for a 10,000-square-foot building to buy somewhere along Kellogg.

"Our concept really needs a larger space," Baklayan says.

He doesn't have a preference whether the building is east or west.

Baklayan says for the right concept, he'll consider financing a purchase of the Delano building.

The Shoe Warehouse, which has 33 stores nationally, has been in Delano for almost three years.

Baklayan says he and his partners "love doing business in Wichita."