Unruh Automotive Northeast expands from five bays to 13

WICHITA — Chris Myers has added almost 4,000 square feet to his Unruh Automotive Northeast at 2100 N. Beaumont, which is a block west of 21st and Woodlawn behind Bionic Burger.

He says business is “growing pretty rapidly to the point where we would have a delay in our service of a day or two just trying to get … to the vehicles.”

With the five bays he used to have, Myers says, “You can only work on so much in a given day.”

Now, he has 13 bays, each of which is two vehicles deep.

“So we can get a lot more vehicles in (and) take care of our customers quicker,” Myers says.

He says he’s invested in top-of-the-line alignment equipment for two alignment bays, and he’s added another large truck bay to service shuttle vans and make it easier for his employees to get to them without having to lie on the ground.

Myers also owns Auto M.D. in Derby.

There are two other Unruh Automotive stores in the Wichita area owned by someone else.

Myers is considering adding another east-side store.

“I have some things that are in the works,” he says. “It’s preliminary at this point.”

With his new bays at the northeast store, Myers says he doesn’t necessarily expect to double his business but plans “to get pretty close.”

Bionic Burger to open fifth restaurant in former Taco Tico space on East Harry

UPDATED — Most parts of Wichita have a Bionic Burger, but Raquel and Jimmy Chavez knew one area was lacking.

“We kind of needed one in the southeast area,” Raquel Chavez says.

So they’re opening their fifth restaurant in the family-owned chain at 3257 E. Harry where a Taco Tico recently closed.

“There’s a lot of people, a lot of activity over there,” Chavez says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Raquel Chavez’s parents, Pam and Steve Majors, started the business in 1977.

Chavez and her father had a good-natured fight over dinner the other night when she claimed she started in the business at age 11.

Social Security records proved it was age 12.

In actuality, Chavez says, “I’ve worked in the business all my life.”

She and her husband helped open the last two Bionic Burgers – in  Haysville in 2011 and near 21st and Woodlawn in 2010 – while her parents were still in the business. They’re now retired.

The East Harry Bionic Burger will be the first one the Chavezes open on their own. They’d like to grow the company even more.

“We still are looking to expand in different areas.”

Though her parents aren’t at the company day-to-day anymore, Chavez says she can still ask them for advice.

“It’s very nice,” she says.

“I try to do things and figure them out on my own,” Chavez says. She says she thinks her father likes still lending his assistance when she needs it, though.

“He taught me that customers are your number one priority,” Chavez says. They “have helped us make it for 36 years.”

Chavez says the most important thing she learned from her parents helps her run the business as they would.

“They taught me a lot of responsibility and hard work,” she says. “Nothing is going to change.”

 

Bionic Burger to open a third restaurant

WICHITA — Bionic Burger is going to open its third Wichita restaurant in April.

The chain has signed an almost 10-year sublease for the former Long John Silver’s space at 6121 E. 21st St.

Bionic Burger also has restaurants at 660 N. Ridge Road and 2404 S. Meridian.

Raquel Chavez, daughter of Bionic Burger co-founder Steve Majors, says the space near 21st and Woodlawn is ideal, especially since it’s so close to Wichita State University.

In addition to dine-in seating, the restaurant will have a drive-through.

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