WICHITA, Kan. A building that’s set empty in downtown Wichita for more than a year could soon be filled with 700 new jobs.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says these jobs could be moving into the old Gander Mountain building at the city’s WaterWalk.

As of Wednesday, the nature of the new jobs expected to fill the closed retail business for outdoor sport and recreation hasn’t been disclosed. But people who live and work near the Gander Mountain building say the addition of any jobs to Wichita is good for the city.

Longwell did say the owner of the WaterWalk Hotel Apartments has staff working to fill up the building and says they are tentative on a deal. But he says he “(doesn’t) have any idea”

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