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Autoplex closes and nearby Hancock Automotive expands

WICHITA — The Autoplex at Douglas and Hillside has closed, and general manager Dave McCall is now going to be sales manager at Hancock Automotive around the corner at 1st and Hillside.

"He and I have been doing business together for several years, and we've often talked about merging because it would benefit . . . our clients," Howard Hancock says. "So we decided to get together and have him come on board over here."

Hancock specializes in the service and some sales of VWs, Audis and Land Rovers. He handles other makes as well.

"We were just doing a little bit of sales before," he says. McCall is "going to bring his expertise here."

Hancock, who started his business in 1998, now has room for about 20 cars.

"I have an additional lot to the north of First Street that I'm trying to work with the city on."

That would bring his total to 35 or 40.

McCall is joining Hancock immediately.