Carrie Rengers

Scholfield Collision Center to open in new building

Roger Scholfield, left, and Scholfield Body Shop general manager Brian Happy are building a new Scholfield Collision Center one lot over from the existing shop on East Kellogg just east of Greenwich.
Roger Scholfield, left, and Scholfield Body Shop general manager Brian Happy are building a new Scholfield Collision Center one lot over from the existing shop on East Kellogg just east of Greenwich. The Wichita Eagle

Scholfield Body Shop, which is on East Kellogg just east of Kellogg and Greenwich, is upgrading with a new building and a new name to go with it.

The new Scholfield Collision Center will be one lot over from the existing 1960s building, which will be demolished when the new building is ready.

“Body shop’s kind of an old term,” says Roger Scholfield, a partner in the business. “Body shops are now collision centers.”

Scholfield says the shop has “been around for years.”

“It’s an older facility. Still workable, but we want to keep up with the times.”

He says metal and structures on cars are changing.

“There’s different equipment you have to buy for that. We decided if we’re going to invest in that equipment, we probably need to invest in another facility.”

Scholfield and partners Scott Hatchett and brothers Tim and Tommy Devlin purchased a 10-acre parcel where a number of houses used to be.

The 20,000-square-foot center will be on four acres.

“I think that’s going to be the perfect size for us,” Scholfield says. “We’re looking to develop the other six acres.”

He’s not sure what will potentially go there.

The existing body shop building will be demolished for road construction.

SJCF Architecture is the architect for the new building.

Scholfield says the building will be designed to run a second shift if necessary, and there will be room for expansion, too.

He says he expects the new space to create 15 to 20 percent more business. Scholfield says that’s been his experience just about every time he builds something new.

“Just kind of makes people curious.”

One hurdle, though, is letting potential customers know they don’t have to be customers at his Scholfield Honda in order to have work done there or at the Scholfield Collision Center.

“We repair all makes and models,” he says.

Scholfield says that’s something a lot of people aren’t aware of.

“Even people I know.”

Look for construction to start in the next couple of months and be completed by late next year.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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