Town Talk

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 ...

Plans show new fitness center for west Lawrence, more tofu for eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Talk of a fitness center usually causes me to fake a hamstring injury (mmm, ham,) but I guess it is safe to pass along this news. It sure looks like far west Lawrence is going to get a new fitness center. As we previously reported, Genesis Health Clubs has bought ...

Signs of change at south Iowa Street movie theater; update on tenant for old Round Corner Drug space; west Lawrence restaurant closes

Chad Lawhorn

Some news and notes from around town: • Movie theater liquor: It looks like it is coming to Lawrence’s largest cinema chain. The Regal theater chain on south Iowa Street has filed for a city drinking establishment license. I don’t get out to the movies a tremendous amount, but I ...

Incentives to attract retailers and other matters up for debate in Horizon 2020; Lawrence job growth outpaces state's; update on south Iowa development

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence City Commission is back to conducting it normal business, which means that drug stores around the city are once again stocking NoDoz. I’ve sat through enough City Commission meetings that I can make jokes like that. Indeed, there are some topics at City Hall that average residents may ...

See photos of the mess left behind by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s former mayor has left a mess behind. Yes, I know, that is not exactly breaking news at this point. But I’m talking about a literal mess, as in a pile of trash strewn about the front yard of his former home. Journal-World photographer Nick Krug took these photos a ...

Arts and crafts store makes expansion into west Lawrence; talk of banning plastic bags in Lawrence grows

Chad Lawhorn

Anybody who has watched a DirectTV ad lately knows there is an “arts and crafts” Tony Romo out there. Who knows, maybe there is an arts and crafts Bill Self roaming around Lawrence. If so, he’s going to love this news: Downtown Lawrence’s Sunfire Ceramics is expanding with a new ...

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