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Midwest Kia to break ground on new dealership at Kellogg and Tyler

10/19/2012 5:00 AM

10/19/2012 5:29 AM

WICHITA — Les Eck is now happy to discuss plans for a new Midwest Kia dealership, which Have You Heard? reported was a possibility a couple of weeks ago.

That's because Eck is having a groundbreaking today at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Tyler.

"I looked at several locations, and I like the easy access that that corner has," he says.

"You can literally get from the east side of town to that place without hitting one stoplight. You take the little Texas turnaround — woo, right in. It's so easy. And easy access is the key."

The Kia dealership currently is at 6401 E. Kellogg, just across and a few blocks west of Eck's Rusty Eck Ford at 7310 E. Kellogg.

He bought the dealership from Steven Auto Group, which still owns the building the dealership currently is in.

A Steven representative previously said the company was interested in selling because Kia wanted a new facility, possibly at a different location.

"Kia recognized the facility issues that Wichita had," Eck says. "Go look at where we're at. We share a service drive with Mitsubishi."

Sales, service and parts will all be in one 30,000-square-foot building at the new dealership, which will be on almost seven acres.

"It's not that way now," Eck says. "Kellogg and Woodlawn just didn't have the space that we needed to grow."

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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