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Rich's Transmission and Auto moves

Airway Heights business moves to Highway 2 location


Drivers, who go along Sunset Highway, might see a new addition along West Sunset Highway.

Rich Plesek, owner of Rich’s Transmission and Auto, moved his shop to a new location at 13216 West Sunset Highway back in August 2013. His shop was previously located at 1615 South Campbell.

According to Plesek, he had wanted to move to a location on the highway for a long time.

Since the move Plesek said there has been an increase of 15 customers.

“I never realized how the location can affect the business,” Plesek said.

Plesek has been in the auto repair business since 1982 and has worked in various shops in Airway Heights and Spokane. He opened a shop with friend Ed Sterlich at the South Campbell location and shared it for 15 years. Although he was sharing the location with a friend and fellow autoworker, Plesek mentioned that many customers never learned that his shop was located at the South Campbell address.

“I can’t judge on how many customers we lost or would have had if they knew,” Plesek said. “It was hard to explain to people that we were behind a motel.”

After he brought in Amsoil as a part of his business, four years ago, Plesek knew he needed to move to a new location.

“Moving opened the place for Ed (Sterlich),” Plesek said. “It was a win for the both of us.”

Plesek currently works at the new location with his youngest son, who is 33 years old.

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