Carrie Rengers

5 Star Motors opens in former Gorges Motor space

Teresa Molinaro opened 5 Star Motors at 2648 S. Oliver in 2016.
Teresa Molinaro opened 5 Star Motors at 2648 S. Oliver in 2016. The Wichita Eagle

There are no signs yet, but 5 Star Motors has opened in part of the former Gorges Motor space at 2648 S. Oliver.

“It’s actually going really well for having no signage and no advertising yet,” says owner Teresa Molinaro.

Molinaro, who used to work for Star Motors on West Street, says she wants to change how people shop for used cars with an array of financing and low-pressure sales.

Though she’s already selling cars, Molinaro says 5 Star’s official opening will be Feb. 1.

“Everything we’ve tried to do in that building has taken us three times as long to get it done,” she says.

Discount Wheel & Tire Auto Center partner Hussam Madi is going to open his second store in the 4,500-square-foot garage space next to 5 Star.

“This will add to the experience,” Molinaro says. “It’ll be a one-stop shop.”

She says Madi and his staff can inspect all of her cars before she sells them.

“It’s two businesses coming together,” Madi says.

Each is separate, though, and each will have its own sign.

Discount Wheel offers complete automotive repair along with tires and wheels.

Madi’s first store, at 215 N. West. St., has been open for 13 years. He says he’s been wanting to expand.

Molinaro says people are already talking to her about expanding with more 5 Star locations.

“That’s what everybody’s talking about,” she says. “I kind of look at it as ‘Let’s get this one going first.’ ”

Jake Ramstack and Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the 5 Star deal and are still showing a more than 12,000-square-foot building on 1 acre next to 5 Star that’s available for sale or lease.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers