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ABCO Restaurant Equipment to close

WICHITA — After 22 years in business, ABCO Restaurant Equipment at 311 N. Washington is closing.

"Have you looked at the last five quarters?" president Donna Callbeck says. "Business has been down quite a bit."

She sells mostly used restaurant equipment.

In the past when there have been layoffs and strikes and tough economic times, Callbeck says her business would increase as people decided to go into business for themselves.

"It has not happened in the last year," she says.

Callbeck plans to close after business Thursday, but she says, "I might hang around 'til Friday."

Eventually, she'll probably have an auction of the contents, but Callbeck isn't trying to sell the business.

Nor does she want to hang onto it in the hopes that the economy will get better. She doesn't want to risk getting in a financial hole.

Callbeck says she wants to get out "while there's a semblance of some way to get out."