WICHITA — About a decade after the first Paramount Antique Mall opened on the west side, a second is opening on the east side.
"We have been doing so well," says co-owner Cynthia Branch. "Even with the bad economy . . . it has just kept getting bigger and bigger."
Paramount East Antique Mall will be at 10187 S.W. Highway 54 in the former Walnut Valley Furniture building, which also used to house the White Eagle Antique Mall. That's an Augusta address, though it's part way between the main city of Augusta and Andover.
At 20,000 square feet, the building is about half the size of the west-side Paramount Antique Mall at 13200 W. Kellogg.
Branch owns that business with Sandy Hudspeth and their mothers.
Hudspeth, Branch and another partner are opening the east-side store.
Branch says the economy seems to be helping business as shoppers look for deals.
Recycling is a factor, too, she says.
"Everybody buys and repurposes things."