WICHITA — Payday Motors is going to be opening in the former Lubbers East space in Andover.
“This is our 25th year of business,” says owner Nelson Tucker.
Tucker has a Payday Motors at 4611 S. Broadway, and he used to have one near Kellogg and Greenwich before the city purchased his property in 2011 for the expansion of Kellogg.
“We’ve been looking for an east-side location since then,” Tucker says.
The Lubbers family closed its Andover store in February after a dozen years in business. A family member said there had been declining sales in recent years.
Tucker says the property, which is near Kellogg and Andover Road, is sizable.
“It’s pretty large,” he says. “It’ll hold 80-plus vehicles.”
The new dealership, which should open by early next week, will employ 12 people.
Tucker says he’s basically a subprime lender who finances 95 percent of what he sells to help people who can’t get financing another way.
After he gets the new dealership “kind of stablilized,” Tucker says he’ll likely look for west-side space.
“We’ll probably look there at some point,” he says.
For now, Tucker says he happy to simply be in business.
“Twenty five years is a long time,” he says. “We’re glad to still be there.”