WICHITA — After about a dozen years in business, Lubbers East in Andover has closed.
“We moved out there in 2002, and we had some pretty good years,” says Denny Lubbers.
The Andover dealership opened in leased space at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and then moved just west of that site a couple of years later when Kwik Shop wanted the space.
“It was still fine,” Lubbers says of business.
“In the last few years … it’s gone downhill for whatever reason,” he says. “I don’t think we’ve lost our passion or desire to do business over there, but it started to become a drain on our profitability.”
Lubbers says he thinks bigger dealerships in the area hurt his business because car shoppers would rather go somewhere with larger selections.
“We tried some different things,” he says of trying to increase business.
That included increased advertising for both the Andover and Hutchinson dealerships.
“Hutchinson’s been doing very well, and Andover just stayed flat,” Lubbers says. “We looked at that long enough and thought we’ve got to get the hell out of Dodge.”
Or Andover, as the case may be.
“As the case may be. Right.”
Lubbers says the company has no plans to add more dealerships at this time, but he says, “We’re certainly open to something else.”
The only other news he has for now is the remodeling of the company’s Ford dealership, which Lubbers expects to be completed in the middle of the year.
“It’s going to be beautiful.”