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Long-awaited parking solution for HERE apartments emerges; plan involves demolishing area houses

Chad Lawhorn

Forget the robots. A bulldozer is set to solve the serious parking problem at the massive HERE Kansas apartment complex near the University of Kansas campus. If you remember, the multistory apartment/retail project near 11th and Mississippi streets was to have a robotic, Jetson-like parking garage. Then, earlier this year, ...

Large 23rd and Iowa retailer going out of business; a grocery store rumor; home sales up in June

Chad Lawhorn

This ending was easy enough to predict. When we reported in June that the Hastings bookstore chain had filed for bankruptcy and had put the entire business up for sale, it wasn’t hard to predict that a buyer wouldn’t be found. Folks interested in buying national bookstore chains probably have ...

Commissioners urged to backtrack on Sports Pavilion Lawrence court policy; Rock Chalk Park numbers and a look at its emerging competition

Chad Lawhorn

I certainly understand how a pickup basketball game can lead to a discussion. (Lawyers in the room kept calling it a “deposition,” but whatever.) Well, city commissioners are set to have a discussion that has pickup basketball games at its core — kind of. If you remember, city officials caught ...

Lawrence ranks high in places for entrepreneurs; a look at job growth totals; another deal for a local bank

Chad Lawhorn

I bet you Bill Gates is hearing the footsteps now. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The publication lists the top 50 cities for entrepreneurs, and Lawrence checks in at No. 23. Despite not having invented Microsoft or having figured out ...

Hotel and restaurant development planned for far eastern edge of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There were certainly days when I could have used a hotel room after dining at Don’s Steakhouse in eastern Lawrence. (A double order of twice-baked potatoes is a good recipe for a nap in the parking lot.) Well, the timing is a bit off, but plans are in the works ...

Update on pending south Iowa restaurant openings; Oklahoma-based bank to open in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve certainly been getting questions about what is happening with Which Wich, a sandwich chain that we have reported is locating in the shopping center at 2540 Iowa St. (That’s the one next to Applebee’s.) We reported months ago that the location was under construction, and looked fairly complete. But ...

South Iowa Street retailer closing Lawrence location

Chad Lawhorn

For years as a reporter who worked a Tuesday night shift, I regularly had my Tuesday mornings off. I have to admit that I did not spend many of them in Lawrence’s Tuesday Morning store, although in hindsight I might have been well-served to purchase some closeout bedding supplies. (I ...

The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence; new numbers show Kansas economy strongest in the region, creating questions for Brownback

Chad Lawhorn

The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence. Sure, I’ve uttered such a statement before — “the most beautiful place is the mirror closest to you, dear” — mainly out of necessity when the florist cancels my line of credit. But the national magazine House Beautiful has come up ...

Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

Keep your eyes open and your wet wipes handy. There’s rumblings of yet another fast-food chicken chain coming to Lawrence. I’m hearing that the chain Slim Chickens is close to signing a deal to locate in west Lawrence. I hear the restaurant hopes to locate in the former spot of ...

Keeping an eye on the possibility of a new west Lawrence grocery store; building project slated for west Lawrence business park

Chad Lawhorn

As a man with a 13-year old son who eats his meals not by the plate but rather by the pallet, I’m always keeping my eyes open for word of new grocery stores. Last week I provided an update on the latest efforts to land a store in downtown Lawrence, ...

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