84 Lumber nixes Wichita plans

Plans to build an 84 Lumber store on 12 acres in Wichita, Kan., have fallen victim to the housing slump. The industry’s third largest chain of lumberyards, which announced two years ago that it would re-enter the Wichita market with a new store, has put the land on the market.

Jeff Nobers, vp-marketing and public relations, told HCN that the company has gone through the permitting process for the store, “but then the [housing] slide started” so the expansion didn’t make sense.

84 Lumber operated two small stores in Wichita in the early 1980s, according to the Wichita Eagle. The company closed them in 1984.

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