WICHITA — A new automotive shop is going to open in Derby at 122 N. Georgie, which was home to Shelton Collision Repair for more than three decades until its recent move.
Casey Kallhoff, who has worked for Advance Auto Parts for the last five years, is opening Auto-Motion.
“I just wanted to … have my own business,” Kallhoff says.
He says he and his staff of four will work on all makes and models but will specialize on later-model vehicles.
Kallhoff is leasing about 6,000 square feet of the 8,600-square-foot space.
“It will be huge,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow and add things and get bigger in the future.”
Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens handled the lease.
Auto-Motion will open in early January.
Kallhoff says Shelton Collision Repair will use the remainder of the building as overflow from its new shop, which is at 325 W. Patriot.
Shelton’s new shop, which is 11,500 square feet, took longer to open than owner Brad Shelton thought it might.
“It was just a snowball effect of several things, but nonetheless, it happened,” he says.
It was worth the wait, Shelton says.
“It’s fantastic. I mean, it’s just exceeding my expectations already.”
Shelton says he knows the location is a good one, and he says the building “does not look like a body shop whatsoever.”
He’s not sure why business has been booming since the September move, though.
“I always knew it was going to be a good spot, and it would be a positive move for us, but I never dreamed it would be this good this early.”