Carrie Rengers

February 25, 2014

Lubbers East in Andover has closed

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WICHITA — After about a dozen years in business, Lubbers East in Andover has closed.

"We moved out there in 2002, and we had some pretty good years," says Denny Lubbers.

He and his brothers own Lubbers Ford and Lubbers Chevrolet in Cheney and Lubbers Hutchinson.

The Andover dealership opened in leased space at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and then moved just west of that site a couple of years later when Kwik Shop wanted the space.

"It was still fine," Lubbers says of business.

"In the last few years ... it's gone downhill for whatever reason," he says. "I don't think we've lost our passion or desire to do business over there, but it started to become a drain on our profitability."

Lubbers says he thinks bigger dealerships in the area hurt his business because car shoppers would rather go somewhere with larger selections.

"We tried some different things," he says of trying to increase business.

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