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Another project hoping to attract retirees files plans in west Lawrence; looking at whether local Gap store will close

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the ghost of a Furr’s cafeteria roams the intersection of Sixth and Queens Road. Maybe it was the site of Lawrence’s first canasta game. Whatever the reason, the intersection is becoming a magnet for retirees and other senior living projects. As we have reported, construction is underway on the ...

Large student housing company floating plans for big apartment complex in south Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for more students near one of the busiest intersections in Lawrence. A Rhode Island-based company is seriously considering building a major new apartment complex near the Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street intersection. An entity called Gilbane Development Co. has begun talking with neighbors about a plan to build ...

Local home sales pick up the pace in July; restaurant with a famous connection kind of coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The seasons are changing, and for new Lawrence homeowners that usually produces a change in heart. You buy a house in July and rave about the tree-filled neighborhoods and all the shade. By Labor Day you are delighted with the hint of fall color. By Halloween — when the leaves ...

Governor set to make major economic development announcement in Tonganoxie; speculation rampant about meat processing plant

Chad Lawhorn

Look for a major announcement from Gov. Sam Brownback today that could lead to a meatpacking plant being located about 10 miles from downtown Lawrence. The governor has scheduled a press conference at 12:30 p.m. today in Tonganoxie to make a major economic development announcement. The press conference comes on ...

Post hurricane, Lawrence gasoline prices highest in the state; Casey's files plans for Sixth Street store

Chad Lawhorn

When you look at the scenes of destruction in Texas, you realize we probably don’t have nearly as much to complain about as we think we do. Yet, Lawrence residents likely still will complain about gasoline prices. Indeed it does appear that Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the fuel markets is ...

Plans filed to redevelop former J.C. Penney building with 3 stores, including 2 retailers new to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence may not mourn the loss of J.C. Penney for too long. Plans have been filed for three retailers — including two that are new to town — to fill the now vacant Penney’s store on south Iowa Street. Plans filed at City Hall call for Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and ...

Speculation grows that Casey's General Store will open in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

In small towns all over the state, one of the best places for gossip and speculation is the Casey’s General Store. You can usually leave with doughnut crumbs in your beard and juicy information in your ears. Well, in Lawrence we don’t have a Casey’s, but one of the more ...

Pizza chain to make its return to Lawrence with plans for west side restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

My wardrobe has proved the axiom for years: Everything old is new again. Now, Old Chicago restaurant is set to prove it too. It once had a location in Lawrence and closed it down. But it has now filed plans to open a new restaurant in west Lawrence. The company ...

Large convenience store project planned for Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

There are plenty of times a convenience store has left me contemplating something big and mysterious, but ultimately I always decide to buy the extra large Slim Jim anyway. But today I’ve got news of a big and mysterious convenience store development of a different type. Plans have been filed ...

Questions still surround local Kmart distribution center as retailer closes more stores; a look at other Lawrence firms on Wall Street

Chad Lawhorn

There is a reason these days that Kmart isn’t named OKmart. The latest earnings report from its parent company reconfirmed that financial matters still aren’t OK with the retailer. It announced more store closings, which means local leaders will continue to worry about the future of the Kmart distribution center ...

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