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Hot spending pace continues in Lawrence with sales up $70 million so far; eastern Lawrence retailer opens; signs of expansion at tech center

Chad Lawhorn

The latest retail sales report shows spending totals surged in Lawrence, and they don’t even yet include the expenditures on earplugs, blinders and vulgarity detectors needed to get through the last month of the presidential campaign. Instead, the latest report from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows spending that primarily ...

Another fast-food chicken chain coming to south Iowa Street; maybe Lawrence has more vacant apartments than once thought

Chad Lawhorn

Heaven help us, the chickens are multiplying, and this time they’ve gotten their hands on a wrecking ball. Plans are in the works for another fast-food, fried chicken chain to open on south Iowa Street, and the project will involve tearing down a fairly large building along the corridor. I’ve ...

Why the latest report to call Lawrence the most expensive city in Kansas may not be right

Chad Lawhorn

“Affordable housing” is as big of a buzzword at City Hall as “Halloween candy” is in my household. So, city leaders don’t need any extra push to work on the affordable housing issue, but they have gotten a national reminder anyway. A new report is out that lists Lawrence as ...

Lawrence resident a finalist to be a co-host with Kelly Ripa on national television show

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence resident — thanks to a carrot-eating horse and perhaps even a white pantsuit — is in the running to be a co-host on the national morning talk show "Live! with Kelly." No, Courtenay DeHoff is not in the running to be the full-time co-host with Emmy Award-winner Kelly ...

Plans filed for new fire station; west Lawrence Italian deli changes name amid legal wrangling

Chad Lawhorn

Fire safety in the 1970s largely consisted of a crushed velvet smoking jacket to protect the polyester dress shirt — top six buttons inoperable, of course — from stray ashes. A lot has changed in the fire safety world, which is one of the major reasons Wakarusa Township officials have ...

Update on Menards manufacturing plant for Lawrence; Chamber narrows field in search for eco devo leader

Chad Lawhorn

I think everybody but late-night comedians and attention-craving 400-pound hackers are ready for this presidential election to be over. Lawrence economic development leaders may have another reason to root for the finale: They still haven’t heard anything from Menards officials about if or when the home improvement retailer plans to ...

New report says Lawrence one of the slowest growing cities in America; local company wins big round of venture capital funding

Chad Lawhorn

I believe my TV room couch recently was ranked as a top destination for empty Dorito bags and crushed Dr Pepper cans. Yes, there is a ranking for nearly everything. Some make you feel good. Some make you feel bad. Rarely, a few of them make you think. There’s a ...

Clay manufacturing plant to locate in Lawrence; local businesses owned by women propel city to high ranking

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve long thought Lawrence was the clay capital of Kansas. After all, nearly all my teammates in pickup basketball have clay feet on defense. But soon, Lawrence may come by the designation more naturally. A Lawrence firm is undertaking a major expansion to add a clay manufacturing plant. Lawrence-based Good ...

Larger than expected growth causes East Hills firm to sign new warehouse deal; manufacturer to undertake minor expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Coffee after beer has been a strategy for a few things in life, but I’m not sure it often has been used to grow a company. But that is the way it is working, in part, for Lawrence-based Grandstand Glassware and Apparel. The company is adding space and employees. Grandstand ...

A bevy of high-tech car washes set to come to Lawrence; businessman confirms he's looking at commercial, industrial options for site along SLT

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence gets on its binges. One not long ago was fried chicken. For awhile, the only thing more frequent than a new fried chicken restaurant in Lawrence was another sharp pain in my chest. Well, now it appears to be tunnel car washes. Three plans have been filed with the ...

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