The new owner of Midwest Hearing Aids is opening a new headquarters for the longtime company as well.
Chris Spencer, the company’s former vice president who bought the business in October, is moving the corporate office from 1930 S. Broadway to 4020 S. Meridian, which is a former QuikTrip store at MacArthur and Meridian.
“I felt like it was time to go to a bigger and better place so we could continue to grow,” Spencer says.
Previous Midwest Hearing owner Terry Brewster, whose father started the business, died in August. He learned 16 months earlier that he was ill, and Brewster began working to sell the company to Spencer and his wife, Kelly.
“We had time to make plans,” Chris Spencer says.
“Obviously, you wish this didn’t happen this way,” he says. “You don’t wish something like that would ever happen to somebody.”
Spencer has been with the company for 30 years.
“I think I was the fifth employee, and we had four offices back then,” he says.
Now, the company has 35 employees in 39 offices across the state.
“We are the largest hearing aid company in Kansas,” Spencer says.
“I wanted to keep it a private company and keep all the employees’ jobs and not have some big corporation take it over, you know? Keep it more family oriented and private,” he says. “Somebody needed to do something, and I was the logical choice.”
In his three decades with the company, Spencer says, “I’ve kind of done a little bit of everything.”
That includes dispensing hearing aids and playing an integral part of the company’s growth.
He’s been vice president most of that time.
Brewster’s two brothers are still minority owners in the business.
“I plan to continue to grow,” Spencer says.
He says a big challenge will be keeping up with technological changes.
“The technology’s incredible.”
Jason Layman of Rock Enterprises is the contractor and is finishing remodeling the new space. Spencer hopes to open there by the end of the month.
Carl Hebert and Jake Ramstack of InSite Real Estate Group handled the building sale.
“They were fantastic to work with,” Spencer says. “Very conscientious and timely.”
He says the deal was completed quickly, and he says QuikTrip helped with that, too.
“We’re sitting here on 1.25 acres across from a new QuikTrip,” Spencer says. “It’s a cool site.”