Chux began as an idea back in 1990. At the time there were very few automotive accessory stores and mini trucks were very popular. I was a mini truck enthusiast. After working in the world of auto parts for most of my life and after that the cell phone business and part time pin-chaser in a bowling alley, I put together a business plan using books from the library, consulted with some guys I knew from a local wholesale automotive supplier and started going to banks for funding. I visited quite a few banks but after about 9 months, I was granted an SBA backed loan and started looking for buildings. After a long search I ended up at a small shop that sat way back off the road in Independence, Mo. on the east side of Kansas City. The building had been a Taylor Rental store (division of Stanley Tools) and Taylor had many years remaining on the lease even though they had closed the store. On June 1, 1991 Chux Trux opened for business. The first day I sold 1 bugshield. That’s all. The first month we totaled 12,000 in sales. Same the second month. There was one other employee at the time but he didn’t always show up for work. After a month went by, I let him go. For the next two months I sold and installed everything. The business was growing. In September, Shawn Shipers wandered in and we hit it off. I asked him if he needed a job and he said yes. He was from Pattonsburg, Mo. I had never heard of it.
We grew steadily for the next 10 months. As the business grew, we spent many nights working late. We were learning together how to install and what not to install. We were terrified of our first lift kit which was on a Jeep Commanche. We called the Trailmaster rep who promised to help us do the install. He didn’t show. From there, the lift kit business soared and we bought our first tire machine and wheel balancer. After working 7 days per week (we were open Sundays) and helping every customer and answering every phone call, I was wearing out and needed some help. I got a recruiter friend of mine to find me a great store manager and along came Chris Ripper. The 3 of us continued to grow the business and in 1993 we added a sales person/receiver and another installer. We grew steadily and in August of 1995 moved to our current Independence location in Gasoline Alley. The business continued to grow and in December of 1999 we opened our first satellite store in Overland Park, Kansas. About the same time we acquired a camper shell store called Pickup Palace which gave us the A.R.E. line and put us in the cap business. We ran Pickup Palace for a few years before consolidating it with our Independence store. We opened Chux in Olathe, Kansas in July of 2002 and Chux North opened in July of 2005. The need to spray our own liners drove us to acquire a competitor, Trucks First, in May of 2006.
Today, we have grown to multiple locations with over 2 dozen employee’s, including a commercial division selling B2B including car dealers, contractors, municipalities and more.
Why buy from Chux? You have a lot of choices today. So many that it makes it hard to choose who to do business with. But here’s some info about us to consider, before handing over your cash to someone you have no relationship with: