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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • KCU buys Wild Flowers building, Turquoise Ranch will be first tenant

  • Kiowa County United (KCU), the group of local residents who built the KCU Main Street business building has purchased the highway building that formerly housed the Wild Flowers flower shop.
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  • Kiowa County United (KCU), the group of local residents who built the KCU Main Street business building has purchased the highway building that formerly housed the Wild Flowers flower shop.
    “The goal of Kiowa County United is to do worthwhile projects,” said KCU member Scott Brown. “We think this fits.”
    KCU purchased the building along the north side of U.S. 54 on the block to the west of the Baptist Church. The 1,400 sq ft. tin building was built after the 2007 tornado and has sat vacant for years.
    Brown said that after KCU finally paid off its $40,000 debt from the Main Street building, the group borrowed again to purchase the building, which he described as “a bit of an eyesore.”
    Brown’s Auction House and Real Estate Company had listed the building for sale, though he said that he had not received a serious offer on the building in the past year.
    KCU will finish the front of the building and add parking to the building’s east side.
    It will only be vacant for about a month, as Turquoise Ranch owner Jennifer Greenleaf is moving her western themed boutique from the corner unit of the City of Greensburg SunChips Incubator Building on Main Street.
    “We needed more space but, I didn’t want to lose my highway spot,” said Greenleaf. “When this came up I took the opportunity to rent it.”
    Greenleaf had originally inquired about the space formerly occupied by Mackie Shae’s Boutique in the KCU Main Street building, which is now vacant. KCU was in the process of purchasing the Wild Flowers building and it seemed a better fit.
    “I think people will turn the corner here,” said Greenleaf. “On Main Street there is no parking for RV’s or for horse trailers. We have an advantage at this building, when it comes to parking. I feel like I’m not going to lose any traffic from moving over here. If people are going to come to Greensburg to shop they are going to come [across the highway] as well.”
    She also said she felt the stand-alone building would provide better exposure than the smaller corner unit in the Incubator.
    The new location will effectively double her available square footage, allowing her to expand and carry new inventory. She said that she plans on carrying more furniture, lawn items, kitchen items, gifts and home furnishings.
    A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for Oct.15. “It’s exciting,” she added.
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