WICHITA — After years of sacrificing by working out of a mobile office, Kelly Fankhauser is ready to build a new headquarters for his Overland Charters and Custom Lawn Service businesses.
"We're building a heck of a nice building," he says.
Fankhauser bought two acres at K-96 and Hillside across the interstate from the Kansas Humane Society five years ago. While saving to build the headquarters, he's been running his businesses out of temporary space there.
His new 14,000-square-foot building will have a two-story office and four service bays.
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Fankhauser expects it will take five months to build.
"I hope we're going to grow quite a bit after completion," he says. "This is a pretty high-dollar location for this type of business."
Overland Charters, which opened in 1997, charters motor coaches. Custom Lawn Service, which started in 1977, does lawn fertilization, weed control and tree and shrub care.
Fankhauser likes being along K-96 for the visibility.
"I guess the main reason why I roughed it without a shop facility is I just didn't want to be off the beaten track where nobody knew where I was."