Business Watch: New Biomat USA to open in old Walgreens location in southwest Topeka

The old Walgreens building at 2915 S.W. Gage has been vacant for about two years. (Google Maps)

Work is being done on the former Walgreens at 29th St. and Gage Blvd. to turn the facility into a Biomat USA Plasma Center.


The Walgreens location at 2915 S.W. Gage Blvd. closed in 2015 and moved across the street to another building. It has been vacant since then, said Daniel Craig, with Keller, Craig & Assoc. in Kansas City, which owns the store.

It has been vacant for about two years.

“It’ll be a new state-of-the-art facility,” Craig said, adding that Biomat won’t use the entire building.

“We’ve actually had other medical users that have expressed interest in the space since hearing they’re going in,” he said. “They’re taking the vast majority of the Walgreens space, but there will still be a little left over.”

Training available for landlords

Safe Streets is working with the Topeka Police Department to educate landlords, rental managers and others about keeping rental properties safer.

The eight-hour training includes information on code enforcement, building inspections, narcotics recognition, animal control and legal issues. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 12 at Safe Streets, 2209 S.W. 29th St. Registration fee is $25 and should be mailed to Safe Streets at that same address.

Increasing soybean prices good news

Soybean prices are rising, a welcome surprise for Midwest farmers as they’re getting ready for harvest.

“On Friday, November soybean futures reached a six-week high at $9.85 per bushel as investors noted the low price and rising demand,” said Walt and Alex Breitinger, commodity futures brokers at Paragon Investments, Silver Lake, in their weekly update.

“Bean prices have been climbing on news of better demand for U.S. soybeans, especially from China, the world’s largest buyer,” the newsletter said. Weather concerns in Brazil and Argentina, competitors for U.S. soybean sales, also have helped price along.

“Despite the recent rally, prices are still down sharply from their midsummer highs over $10.40 per bushel, a price reached when drought fears were sending the market skyward,” the Breitingers said. “Recent assessments by the USDA continue to show a record-breaking soybean crop this year, which has helped contain prices.”