Mt. Vernon Automotive contents and property to be auctioned Wednesday
04/22/2014 11:01 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Mt. Vernon Automotive made it to its 50th anniversary this month, but that's the end of the road for the repair shop.
"It's a little bit sad for the whole family, but ... it's just really gotten so hard to run an independent automotive service because of the expensive diagnostic equipment and everything you have to buy nowadays," says Charles Schmidt, whose father, Laurence, started the business.
"My dad started the business April 16 of 1964, and at that time he was at 3028 S. Hillside, and the name of the business was Hillside Auto Service."
Then the shop moved to 2309 E. Mount Vernon in 1974 and became Mt. Vernon Auto Service. Around 1994, the business incorporated and became known by the name it is today. About the same time, Laurence Schmidt purchased the property across the street from his shop as a place to store more cars.
Both of those properties and the contents of the shop will be auctioned at the shop by McCurdy Auction at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The main shop is a 1959 building with 3,550 square feet and five bays on a 12,600-square-foot lot. The storage property is on a 12,493-square-foot lot and has a 540-square-foot building, which was built in 1955 and at one time was a gas station.
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