Mike’s Bikes moves to larger space; Mike Steven Mitsubishi gets expanded car lot

Bike enthusiast Mike Steven on one of his Mike’s Bikes.

WICHITA — Car dealer Mike Steven is frank about why he started Mike’s Bikes a decade ago.

“It was mostly just for fun more than anything,” he says of selling electric bicycles and motor scooters.

“I’ve been fooling around with it more than anything for the last 10 years.”

That’s changed, though.

“Now we’re getting serious about it.”

The business had been in a small building at Mike Steven Mitsubishi just east of Kellogg and Woodlawn.

“It really wasn’t much of a display,” Steven says. “We didn’t have a good location.”

The business now is in the building immediately west of there where Midwest Kia used to be. The new space is vastly bigger, which Steven says is crucial for the business.

“It takes a lot more room than I thought it would.”

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New Midwest Kia site grows by 2 1/2 acres

WICHITA — Les Eck is already needing a little extra space for his Midwest Kia, which he moved to 4.5 acres at Kellogg and Tyler earlier this month.

“We had about two and a half acres to the east that we were going to keep open,” Eck says.

He says he thought he could one day use the land for another franchise, such as an Audi or Land Rover dealership.

Now, though, he’s refinishing the surface of the extra acres – partly in concrete and partly in gravel – because he needs the extra parking.

Eck says when he bought the Kia franchise from Steven Auto Group last year, the dealership had been selling about 25 or 30 Kias a month.

“That’s why they sold it.”

Eck says over time, he quadrupled those sales, and now it appears the new site will allow him to double his best numbers.

“We started doing even better.”

Eck says the extra space will allow him to hold events as well.

He’s still keeping his eye out for another franchise. If it’s small enough, he could possibly put it next to the Kia dealership. Most likely, he’d need new space, though.

“I’m always interested in something if it’s out there.”

Midwest Kia to break ground on new dealership at Kellogg and Tyler

WICHITA — Les Eck is now happy to discuss plans for a new Midwest Kia dealership, which Have You Heard? reported was a possibility a couple of weeks ago.

That’s because Eck is having a groundbreaking today at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Tyler.

“I looked at several locations, and I like the easy access that that corner has,” he says.

“You can literally get from the east side of town to that place without hitting one stoplight. You take the little Texas turnaround — woo, right in. It’s so easy. And easy access is the key.”

The Kia dealership currently is at 6401 E. Kellogg, just across and a few blocks west of Eck’s Rusty Eck Ford at 7310 E. Kellogg.

He bought the dealership from Steven Auto Group, which still owns the building the dealership currently is in.

A Steven representative previously said the company was interested in selling because Kia wanted a new facility, possibly at a different location.

“Kia recognized the facility issues that Wichita had,” Eck says. “Go look at where we’re at. We share a service drive with Mitsubishi.”

Sales, service and parts will all be in one 30,000-square-foot building at the new dealership, which will be on almost seven acres.

“It’s not that way now,” Eck says. “Kellogg and Woodlawn just didn’t have the space that we needed to grow.”

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Midwest Kia franchise may move to the southeast corner of Kellogg and Tyler

UPDATED — When Ford dealer Les Eck announced he was buying Wichita’s Midwest Kia franchise this summer, he said the dealership would “stay at its current location for now.”

“We’ll be doing something new in the future, the next year,” he said.

It looks like that time may be now.

The Oct. 4 agenda for the area planning board has a platting item for something called the KIA addition at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Tyler. The property is 6.71 acres.

The Kia dealership currently is at 6401 E. Kellogg, just across and a few blocks west of Eck’s Rusty Eck Ford at 7310 E. Kellogg.

When Steven Auto Group announced it was selling the Kia dealership to Eck, Steven CEO Harold Johnson told The Eagle his company was interested in selling because Kia wanted a new facility, possibly at a different location.

“After doing (a new) Toyota building, and Infiniti and Volkswagen before that, we said, ‘Let somebody else have that fun.’”

No one is commenting yet about possible new Kia space. We’ll keep you posted.