Town Talk

Chamber releases year-end number on new jobs; discussion about environmental issues with Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

You can tell we’re getting close to the end of the year because the numbers are starting to pile up. And I’m not even talking about the fact the credit card statements are now coming on oversized pieces of paper to contain all the zeros. No, groups and organizations are ...

Plans filed for new brewery, restaurant, apartment project in East Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As anyone who has ever tried, failed and perhaps had to use a stomach pump will tell you, there is a definite art to brewing beer. So, it makes sense that a new brewery will be located in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. But plans filed at City Hall not ...

Details on new restaurant slated for Round Corner Drug building; city to settle sidewalk dining flap; update on downtown moves

Chad Lawhorn

One of downtown’s more iconic buildings is set to be back in business soon. As we’ve previously reported, the former Round Corner Drug building is set to become a restaurant. Now, I have more details after talking with the owners of the new establishment. Kansas City restaurateurs Zach Marten and ...

Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

Chad Lawhorn

All we’ll need on Tuesday night at City Hall are the "Solid Gold" dancers because I suspect commissioners will hear a couple of classic tunes: a debate about downtown parking and questions about whether the city is business-friendly enough. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set to finally hear ...

Trio of downtown businesses announce closings; one set to reopen in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There are some things that never change in downtown Lawrence — both Santa and my F150 getting stuck on the roof of Weaver's are a couple of items that come to mind. (Hey, sometimes you have to get creative when parking downtown.) But for the most part, downtown is full ...

Development group begins lobbying for approval of south Iowa retail project; new grocery store proposed for project

Chad Lawhorn

Trust me, I’m used to shopping centers doing outreach efforts at this time of year. (If I had a dollar for every letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Lawhorn telling us the shopping center has reserved a special parking spot for our U-Haul trailer . . . ) But what’s ...

Chamber announces tentative deal for $25 million, 100-job manufacturing plant on east edge of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence may become a Menards town. The Lawrence chamber of commerce is announcing this morning that the giant home improvement retailer has plans to build a Lawrence-based manufacturing plant and distribution center that will bring 100 jobs to town. Midwest Manufacturing, a division of Menard Inc., has reached a preliminary ...

Fast-food chicken restaurant coming to west Sixth Street; 23rd Street chicken wing chain begins work; urgent care deal falls through

Chad Lawhorn

South Lawrence diners aren’t the only ones who will get to have all the fried chicken fun in this town. While there is a host of new chicken restaurants coming to south Iowa Street, plans have been filed for a new fast-food chicken restaurant on west Sixth Street as well. ...

Chatter about a possible Lawrence Costco grows; a closer look at how developers hope retail grows near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

My radar is up and my wallet is locked up via log chain: I’m hearing multiple accounts that a Costco may be coming to Lawrence. Multiple readers are telling me that employees at the Costco in Johnson County are talking about a pending announcement of a Costco store in Lawrence. ...

New report shows number of downtown Lawrence retailers on a significant decline; new numbers for citywide vacancy rate

Chad Lawhorn

In recent years I know downtown Lawrence has produced more of some things: more apartments, more hotels, more reasons for my wife to wear a disguise when she sees a parking control officer. But one thing it is has produced less of is one of its more important commodities: retail ...

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