Ehnen’s Automotive purchases Sabetha Auto and Tractor
A long-time Sabetha business, Sabetha Auto and Tractor – located at 123 South Washington – has changed hands and is now one of three businesses owned by Marysville couple Jesse and Quinciann Edwards.
Although the Edwards have been working toward this purchase for some time, they officially took over Sabetha Auto Tractor on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
They purchased it from Hiawatha residents Dennis and Carla Harter, who owned the business for over 40 years. The Harters also owned Hiawatha Auto and Tractor, which also has been purchased by the Edwards couple.
Currently, the Edwards own and operate Ehnen’s Automotive, Inc., in Marysville, which was first established in 1977 by Duane and Anita Ehnen – Jesse’s grandparents.
The Ehnens’ served Marysville and the surrounding communities until they retired in 1997. In 2008, the Edwards purchased and re-established Ehnen’s Automotive.
After almost 10 years of solely operating the store in Marysville, the couple decided to expand their operation because they enjoy serving small communities and need to be competitive with chain stores.
“My wife and I were both born and raised in a small community,” Jesse said. “We thoroughly enjoy serving and being a part of the small community, but we know that in order to be competitive with the big chain auto stores of the area we have to grow.”
“By being in multiple locations we are able give our customers competitive prices and service that is very difficult as a one store operation, but still have the hometown feel that the big chain auto stores lack,” he said.
Currently, Sabetha Auto and Tractor offers quality NAPA parts for all different applications, including agriculture, industrial, heavy duty, collision repair, auto parts, safety and more.
“We want to continue to provide the service and knowledge to this community that one can only expect from NAPA,” Jesse said.
As for changes at the current business, Jesse said there will be a few.
“We will be increasing inventory in the store, we will give the lobby area a shopper friendly layout, and eventually offer a delivery service to our wholesale customers,” Jesse said.
J. Edwards said they are excited about the new business and the people they have met.
“We have enjoyed meeting people in the area and are looking forward to serving the community,” he said.
Sabetha Auto and Tractor is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
About the Edwards
The Edwards have three children, 11-year-old Sophie, 8-year-old Piper, and 4-year-old Nash.
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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.