Wichita City Council delays vote on new business slated to bring in hundreds of jobs

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Wichita City Council delayed action for a week on a proposal regarding the future of the Gander Mountain building so the city could finalize terms of a contract with King of Freight.

The company does freight logistics and is looking to purchase the Gander Mountain building for its local headquarters.

King of Freight says by moving into the vacant space will help the company expand and create 400 additional new jobs with an average salary of more than $50,000.

"This space brings a number of things not only for our business but for downtown as a whole. The average age of our employee is under 35 and so we're talking about bringing young people with high paying jobs to Wichita's downtown and that will kind of spur and catalyze all the other redevelopment efforts going on throughout the area," said Bryant Parker, an attorney representing King of Freight.

The company, currently located at 110 S. Main St., says its growing business has run out of space, and the Gander Mountain building is a space they can quickly use.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on an agreement that could bring 400 new jobs to the city.

The council will vote on whether to let "King of Freight" take over the former Gander Mountain building near the Arkansas River.

The agreement would require the company to create jobs with an average annual salary of around $50,000.

Wichita State's Center for Economic Development estimates those jobs would generate around a million dollars in tax revenue over ten years.