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.”

Derby Expert Auto Center to sell to Unruh Automotive owner Chris Myers, who is renaming it Auto M.D.

WICHITA — As Faissal Abou-Faissal prepares to open a new Expert Auto Center on the east side, he’s selling his Derby shop.

Chris Myers, who owns two of the five Unruh Automotive shops in Wichita, closes on his purchase of Expert Auto, 100 S. Baltimore in Derby, on Wednesday.

“I’ve been looking to expand,” Myers says. “I believe it will work out well.”

He’s going to call this shop, which will do everything from oil changes to engine replacements, Auto M.D.

Myers’ wife, Kristin, is a physician, and his friends jokingly call him their car doc.

“If they need to be worked on, they go to her,” Myers says. “If their car needs to be worked on, they go to me.”

He may possibly change the names of his other two shops, which are at 13th and Woodlawn and near 21st and Woodlawn, but he’s not sure yet.

Myers shares advertising with the other Unruh Automotives and says there’s a lot of savings that way.

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