WICHITA — Drivers on East Central have been noticing the demolition of some quadraplexes between Oliver and Edgemoor and been wondering what's going on.
Expert Auto Center owner Faissal Abou-Faissal is preparing to build his third mechanic shop there.
"It's probably going to be our biggest," he says.
Abou-Faissal opened his first Expert Auto Center in rented space at 13th and Meridian in 1997. He eventually bought that building and added new space there.
In 2004, he opened a second shop at 100 S. Baltimore in Derby.
Abou-Faissal says he's opening an east-side shop for customers from that area who currently have to drive longer distances to see him for service.
"We have lots of customers who come from the east side of town," he says.
The new center, at 5222 E. Central, will have eight bays and a lube center.
"Basically, it will be a drive-through," he says of the lube bay.
Construction will take several months.
"We're hoping less than five months," Abou-Faissal says.
He's not sure if he'll open any future Expert Auto Centers.
"Anything is possible."
Abou-Faissal says his business is strictly word-of-mouth.
“We base our business on our relationships with customers and take care of them like they’re family.”