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Hank’s Auto Restore, the ‘neighborhood storage’ of thirty ninth Road, will shut after 67 years | KCUR 89.3

Hank’s Auto Restore is closing after practically 70 years in enterprise. The family-owned automobile store has been a mainstay for Westport and Kansas Metropolis drivers because it opened in 1955.

Their final day of service shall be Monday, Jan. 31.

The unique proprietor, Hank Mattucks, first began working Hank’s Auto Restore on Broadway Boulevard, earlier than transferring to Westport Street after which to the present location on thirty ninth Road within the early ’70s.

It was right here that Jeff Mattucks mentioned he realized to work on vehicles whereas nonetheless at school, below the steerage of his father. Mattucks mentioned they’ve endured by adjustments in vehicles and know-how — however some issues have remained the identical.

“(We) attempt to deal with all people truthful, and do not promote them a bunch of stuff they do not really want,” Mattucks mentioned. “That is the best way I used to be taught rising up.”

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After 67 years of service, Hank’s Auto Restore shall be closing January thirty first.

Mattucks is now the proprietor and the first mechanic of Hank’s, and has loved being a part of the Westport neighborhood through the years.

“We’re the neighborhood storage, we’re sorta outdated style,” he says.

Mattucks says Hank’s has by no means wanted commercials over the a long time, thriving strictly on phrase of mouth — no small feat for an impartial enterprise.

However Mattucks says that the previous couple of years, he’s felt overworked and burned out, and the store has struggled to search out and hold workers. Just lately, he’s been working full-time, typically 12-hour days, with only one part-time mechanic. Which means he’s gone weeks with no time off.

Mattucks offered the enterprise to KC Autoworx, one other native service store positioned on Southwest Boulevard. KC Autoworx plans to take over the thirty ninth Road house as its second location after some renovations.

As soon as the sale is full, Mattucks mentioned he “plans to take day without work for some time.” Ultimately, he hopes to discover a place that’s much less demanding, with extra conventional hours to keep up a greater work-life stability.

“I’ll miss lots of the shoppers and the neighborhood,” Mattucks mentioned. “All of the years doing this, you get connected to a few of them, however that is good for me.”