A new business that will service all types of small and large trucks opened this week just north of Lawrence on U.S. 24-40 Highway.
However, the opening of Taylor Truck Service was about 10 months late thanks to a fire at its 16,400-square-foot building shortly before it was to open last February.
"We've recovered from that and had it rebuilt, and it's better than it was before," said Jerry Taylor, owner of the business, a division of Hillcrest Wrecker and Garage Inc., 1226 E. 23rd.
Since the fire occurred, the business had been servicing some trucks in the building on a limited basis, he said.
"Part of the building was used as a warehouse," he said. "We've been operating there on a limited basis. When we had the shop end of it built, we opened Monday."
Taylor, who also owns Jayhawk Towing and Storage Inc., 1224 E. 23rd, said his new business is a truck maintenance and repair shop that will specialize in preventative maintenance on truck vehicles ranging from small pickups to semi-tractor trailers.
The business has three 80-foot-long bays and a 40-foot long bay.
"It will be a pretty first-class truck garage, with a waiting room for the drivers," he said.
He said he hopes the business capitalizes on the new federal requirements for truck maintenance and will help companies that can't afford to handle their own repair and maintenance work, he said.
The building was constructed by Rex Youngquist, who owns the Round Town Mall, at 31st and Four Wheel Drive, and Villa 26 apartments on West 26th Street.
Youngquist said he soon plans to construct a new 24,000-square foot metal building to the south of Taylor Truck Service that he eventually will lease.