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Holy Trinity Catholic Books & Gifts to relocate and expand

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Chonci Lekawa in front of the building where she moves her Catholic books and gifts from the Holy Trinity.

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Every new year, Wichitan Chonci lekawa chooses a word instead of a resolution.

“The word this year was ‘wisdom’,” she said.

A few weeks later she went to Catholic books and gifts of the Holy Trinity buy a statue and instead buy the store.

“It was not planned,” said Lekawa. “God has opened up to me an immense store of wisdom.”

She said to her husband, Elliot, is generally slow to think through decisions, but was fully supportive of the store’s purchase.

When a week later, she owned the business, Lekawa said, “I really knew it was God’s business.”

Now she is moving the business to a larger space.

The store currently occupies 2,800 square feet at 8651 W. Central, near Central and Tyler.

Lekawa doesn’t like the way the space is divided and says his new 3,600 square foot at 626 N. Winterset St., which is near Central and the Big Ditch, will be more usable and will have more space. exhibition room.

Bradley Tidemann with JP Weigand & Fils handled the case. Simpson Construction will do the remodel before the store opens in September.

Lekawa says Holy Trinity sells “just a plethora of religious items.”

This includes garden statues, books, decor with saints, rosaries, and greeting cards.

Lekawa added inventory to the store.

“It was low.”

She kept the employees who were there.

“They still run it. We just run it.”

Lekawa says the employees practice servant ministry.

“They are really really there to serve people,” she says. “They have such a good heart.”

Lekawa, who is an associate broker and manager of ReMax Solutions, says she and her husband are more business people. She says they’re thrilled to own the store, which has been around for over two decades.

“I feel like this is a very great honor and a privilege.”

Contact Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.

This story was originally published June 11, 2018 2:22 pm.