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Grand Plains a flagship of Pratt progress

Fran Brownell
Construction work continues at Americare's new skilled nursing community in Pratt, Grand Plains Assisted Living Center, which has a planned opening in September 2020.

Progress in Pratt during the last year of the 2010-2019 decade included ups and downs in the business world, with openings and closings of several stores noted. On Pratt’s Main Street downtown, the closings of Sears and Fabusous Finds (a consignment store) left two large, empty storefronts in the 300 block of South Main.

“Pratt was not alone in losing a local Sears store,” said City Manager Bruce Pinkall. “Eighty-two Sears stores closed their doors during 2019.”

Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim DeClue said the Parish Café also closed last year, but a new bakery will soon be opening in its location at 4th and Jackson Street.

Other recent business closings have included local eateries Playa Azul and the Ninja Steak House and Suishi, but DeClue said she remains optimistic about the Pratt business scene.

“The chamber and the ecomomic development committee are working hard to keep Pratt businesses vibrant and growing,” DeClue said.

In the new-businesses-opening-soon category, Pratt City Building Inspector Brad Blankenship said he considers the $11 million Grand Plains Assisted Living Center under construction by Americare on SR 61 across from Pratt Community College, to be the flagship of Pratt’s 2019 economic progress.

Based in Sikeston, Missouri and established in 1981, Americare operates 23 skilled nursing and post-acute communities and 110 assisted living and memory care assisted living residences throughout Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Illinois and Tennessee

Work has been progressing on schedule at the Pratt facility since the Americare groundbreaking ceremony on July 9, 2019 toward a planned opening next September.

“The weather has cooperated fairly well so all the exterior work on the America Care project has moved forward according to schedule,” Blankenship said.

Currently, stone masons are chiseling and stuccoing limestone blocks for the 37,000-square facility.

Grand Plains will be licensed by the State of Kansas and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 60 beds including 12 private suites and 24 companion suites, according to information provided by Americare Senior Vice President Patricia Cokingtin.

The facility will include companion suites especially designed to enhance privacy for both residents and resident rooms will have a fully accessible shower with whirlpool bathing available in the spa.

Other features of Grand Plains include an 1800-square-foot therapy gym and wellness center with a full kitchen and bathroom used in occupational therapy.

Other public spaces include two dining areas and a private dining room, a designated resident activity center, two living rooms and a café.

On the hospitality front of choices for travelers to Pratt, new life has been breathed into the former Hampton Inn, located to the south of Grand Plains at 1705 Maple Street. The remodeled hotel is now doing business as Pratt Inn & Suites, according to on-site manager Colleen Cummings, who has been at the helm since last November.

Those seeking a form of healthcare also has a new option in Pratt with the recent opening of TM Chiropractic at 1314 East 1st Street, where chiropractic services ranging from pediatric to geriatric are now offered.

Other new businesses that opened during 2019 included Shooters Corner, Shaved Ice, Creative Memories, Dollar Tree, The Peoples Bank Belle Live stations and Small Town Curves Bridal and Boutique. There may be other openings in the works that were unintentionally not included in this report.