Midwest Kia to break ground on new dealership at Kellogg and Tyler

WICHITA — Les Eck is now happy to discuss plans for a new Midwest Kia dealership, which Have You Heard? reported was a possibility a couple of weeks ago.

That’s because Eck is having a groundbreaking today at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Tyler.

“I looked at several locations, and I like the easy access that that corner has,” he says.

“You can literally get from the east side of town to that place without hitting one stoplight. You take the little Texas turnaround — woo, right in. It’s so easy. And easy access is the key.”

The Kia dealership currently is at 6401 E. Kellogg, just across and a few blocks west of Eck’s Rusty Eck Ford at 7310 E. Kellogg.

He bought the dealership from Steven Auto Group, which still owns the building the dealership currently is in.

A Steven representative previously said the company was interested in selling because Kia wanted a new facility, possibly at a different location.

“Kia recognized the facility issues that Wichita had,” Eck says. “Go look at where we’re at. We share a service drive with Mitsubishi.”

Sales, service and parts will all be in one 30,000-square-foot building at the new dealership, which will be on almost seven acres.

“It’s not that way now,” Eck says. “Kellogg and Woodlawn just didn’t have the space that we needed to grow.”

He says he hopes the new dealership will be ready by about May.

“It’s going to be really customer friendly. It’s a real open, airy type of building.”

Eck says the dealership had been selling 250 to 300 vehicles a year before he bought it.

“We’ve already sold 300 since we’ve owned it,” he says. “Volume makes a difference. You don’t hold onto metal. It comes in, you move it out.”

Eck says it’s all about low gross and high volume.

“You sell the cars cheap, you sell more of them. Walmart’s lived on that philosophy forever,” he says. “You’ve got to really turn the merchandise … and that’s what we’re doing.”

Eck thinks a new dealership will help sell even more.

“It’s needed,” he says. “It’s going to be a good thing.”