WICHITA — Larry Greider is at it again.
This summer, the Auto Masters Collision & Service Center owner told Have You Heard? about plans to build a new service center on property he bought a decade ago at the northeast corner of 21st and Hoover.
Now, Greider has purchased the former Carstar facility at 945 N. K-15 in Derby and is moving his Derby service center there.
"Basically, the main reason we bought it was just to keep Auto Craft Collision Repair from going in there," Greider says.
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He heard his competitor was looking at the building and decided to act.
"I wouldn't have done this deal here if it wasn't for the fact that I just didn't want a competitor to come in here and be right across from us," Greider says. "It would hurt us worse than anything."
His current Derby service center is behind the McDonald's on K-15.
Greider likes the increased visibility the new shop will have.
"People living in Derby all these years didn't realize there was a service center behind McDonald's," he says.
Even so, his business has almost tripled in the last two years.