Unruh Automotive Northeast expands from five bays to 13

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Chris Myers has added almost 4,000 square feet to his Unruh Automotive Northeast at 2100 N. Beaumont, which is a block west of 21st and Woodlawn behind Bionic Burger.

He says business is "growing pretty rapidly to the point where we would have a delay in our service of a day or two just trying to get ... to the vehicles."

With the five bays he used to have, Myers says, "You can only work on so much in a given day."

Now, he has 13 bays, each of which is two vehicles deep.

"So we can get a lot more vehicles in (and) take care of our customers quicker," Myers says.

He says he's invested in top-of-the-line alignment equipment for two alignment bays, and he's added another large truck bay to service shuttle vans and make it easier for his employees to get to them without having to lie on the ground.

Myers also owns Auto M.D. in Derby.

There are two other Unruh Automotive stores in the Wichita area owned by someone else.

Myers is considering adding another east-side store.

"I have some things that are in the works," he says. "It's preliminary at this point."

With his new bays at the northeast store, Myers says he doesn't necessarily expect to double his business but plans "to get pretty close."

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