Town Talk

Pizza chain with lots of funky toppings plans to locate near KU's Memorial Stadium

Chad Lawhorn

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when pizza companies went crazy and started putting pineapple on pizzas. There was little doubt in my household that it was a sign of a Communist infiltration. Fortunately, the Communists have moved on to U.S. elections, so I have no reason to ...

As local voters ponder tax questions, here's a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

Chad Lawhorn

If the 2016 presidential elections didn’t give you enough to grit your teeth over, fear not — local politics in 2017 may give you more opportunities. But it won’t be Trump that is the main topic. Instead, it is the other five-letter ’t’ word that will get the attention — ...

A fourth hotel files plans for multimillion dollar project in Lawrence; J.C. Penney to delay store closings

Chad Lawhorn

There is officially a hotel building boom in Lawrence. Another set of hotel plans has been filed at City Hall, which means Lawrence soon will have four hotel projects under construction. Maybe everybody needs a place to sleep off all the fried chicken. Whatever the case, the hotel market is ...

Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

Chad Lawhorn

A full-service downtown grocery store — complete with a pharmacy and a Mongolian grill — is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. But a Douglas County court case could still deal the project a major blow. As expected, Queen’s Price Chopper of Kansas City has signed a ...

Overland Park-based company to add 100 jobs in downtown Lawrence; chamber takes position on school bond

Chad Lawhorn

About 100 new jobs are coming to downtown Lawrence, thanks to people buying stuff on the Internet. No, Amazon hasn’t set up a hub just for the Lawhorn household. Instead, an Overland Park-based company has chosen Lawrence as its first location for an expansion. Inside Ventures has leased about 7,000 ...

Commercial property that owes city, county $180K in back taxes sells for $1 at auction; east side shopping center in foreclosure

Chad Lawhorn

It is like a magic trick: $1 can make more than $180,000 worth of obligations disappear. At a Douglas County tax auction on Tuesday morning, Jeremiah Johnson bought a piece of industrially zoned property — a little over three acres with an appraised value of just more than $200,000 — ...

New report suggests it may not cost as much to live in Lawrence as we think

Chad Lawhorn

This is the time of year when I start playing with Easter egg dye at the house, which causes me to think about rentals — either rental of a carpet cleaning machine, or, occasionally, the rental of an apartment where I would be really hard to find. All this is ...

Southside garden center to expand; other news and notes along south Iowa Street, including Payless' future

Chad Lawhorn

I’m such a master gardener that I get pretty yellow flowers to come up in my lawn naturally. For those of you who don’t have such luck, I have word of a plant and nursery business that plans to expand. Earl May Nursery and Garden Center at 3200 Iowa St. ...

A west Lawrence library branch? Not quite, but library partners with westside business to increase service

Chad Lawhorn

Dietitians tell me to make smart choices at the grocery store (which I assume means buy the value size Doritos.) The meat aisle urges me to buy Smart Chicken. (The smartest chicken is a ribeye steak.) And now shoppers at the Hy-Vee on Sixth Street may notice something called a ...

An update on Menards' plans for local distribution center; Lawrence manufacturer expanding, but in Shawnee

Chad Lawhorn

There was some thought that a Trump victory in the presidential election would lead to a positive business development for Lawrence. No, the rumor that Vladimir Putin was going to set up a knock-off Jayhawk Beanie Baby operation in town isn’t true. Instead, there was some hope that the election ...

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