Central Key & Safe Co Inc.
A Key Part of Wichita Since 1903!!
Our family owned business has been proudly serving Wichita and the surrounding area for over 100 years!! We are the oldest and the most experienced locksmith company in the city of Wichita. L.H. Webb paid $600 for the Central Key Shop in 1922. The shop had been a thriving Wichita business at the northwest corner of Second & Market Street since 1903, and Webb operated his business at that location until his death in 1946. At that time, ownership passed to his four daughters: Norma Keller, Dorothy Sydnor, Ruby Trice and Margaret Phelps. The new owners built their present shop at 305 North Market in 1953. Although the company was incorporated in 1967, it is still family owned.
Much has changed though! In the early days, Central sold sporting goods, repaired fishing tackle, restrung tennis racquets, put new tires on bicycles and traded in umbrella repair. One of Margaret Phelps’ (who has been the most active sister in the management of the business) favorite memories is the sample book of gorgeous silks from which customers could select coverings for their umbrellas.
In the thirties, Central would be kept especially busy after a “safe gang” a highly organized group of professional thieves, would pass through the area. Now safes are more secure, and the shop has specialized in security systems – the sporting goods department went with the arrival of discount stores. With three service trucks, Central makes regular calls on safes all over Kansas.
As might be expected, a security-related business is not without its excitement, Central has been called to help a car owner who had somehow locked himself in the auto’s trunk. Employees have found themselves trapped between rival parties in a divorce, one calling for a change in the locks and the other angrily demanding a set of keys. On one occasion, Centyral repairmen were hauling a safe back to the shop for repair when the tear gas vial protecting the safe broke in the middle of a Wichita intersection. Naturally, they abandoned the truck.
Now, with the advent of the Information Age, a shop which once sharpened ice skates, now offers computer safes. Our friendly and knowledgable staff strives to give you the best products and services in the industry. Our technicians are bonded and insured for your protection. Our well stocked service vans are ready to provide service, installation and repairs for all of your security needs.
Locked out? Or want more security for your home or office?
Give us a call! 316-262-6144
Mon: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
After hours and emergency service available!