From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 22, 1972:
Home-furnishing store Ed Marling's, with offices and stores in Topeka, was planning a Lawrence location to be opened in the first week of November at 825 Massachusetts. "We think there is outstanding growth potential in and around Lawrence," said Charles Marling, president of the company. "Both Clinton and Perry reservoirs are going to help sustain this growth and it seems to me the area between Lawrence and Topeka will continue to develop with an eventual 'mini-megalopolis' between the two cities." The Mass Street location was currently undergoing preliminary remodeling work after having been tenanted by the Bell Music Co. and O'Dell's Musical Equipment, which was planning to move down the block to 926 Mass. The new Ed Marling's store, according to an article, was to carry "furniture, floor coverings, large and small appliances, television, hi-fidelity equipment and other home furnishings."