New appliance shop a family affair | News

New appliance shop a family affair | News

Affordable Appliance Solutions in downtown Winfield is doing so well it is looking to hire another technician/repairman.

Mackenzie Niss, 27, of Wellington, started his business in April and by June discovered he couldn’t do it all by himself. He sells Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag and Amana new and used appliances, delivers and installs them and repairs all appliances for kitchen and laundry.

“He jumped in with both feet, said Jenny Niss, Mackenzie’s mother, who joined the operation in June and runs the store and the office. “He wants to be a one-stop shop.”

Mackenzie had a repair business for five years before finding the building in Winfield and deciding he wanted to open a store.

Jenny’s husband Bruce, who works at Galaxy Technologies, and Mackenzie’s wife Kayla also help out in the shop and with moving the appliances.

Only Mackenzie is a trained technician-repairman, however; that’s why they need more help.

The grandparents are from south-central Kansas, but moved to North Carolina several years ago. They loved it but returned when they realized they were missing their six grandchildren. They decided to move to Winfield when they returned to the area. That’s how Mackenzie happened to see the former BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) building was for rent and was the size he needed for the business he wanted to start.

He’s been working on it slowly, pulling down walls, painting, reconfiguring the space. It’s an expensive business to start, because the appliances must be paid for before they can sell them.

But it’s worth it, Jenny said, because Mackenzie’s doing what he always wanted to do. He learned his trade working for a number of years at Sears before he decided to go off on his own.

The business has “taken off like wildfire,” Jenny said. They are already scheduling work for the middle of next week.

The store, 113 W. Ninth Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday as needed. For more information, call (620) 440-5021.