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Yardstore was started in 1946 by the Bachus family in downtown Wichita, Kansas.  The four-acre facility was being used by Beech Aircraft to dispose of excess property following the end of World War II.  Aircraft tools, aluminum, desks, tables, office furniture, life rafts, radial engines, propellers and warehouses full of hardware that had been excess to Beech Aircraft’s manufacturing after the war was sold.  Many items were in a used condition although some unused items were sold.

Many changes happened at Yardstore starting in the mid 1960s when Dave Bachus’ son Gary, following graduation from business school, took over operation and ownership.  Yardstore had to evolve to continue to grow and Gary realized this and implemented a revised business focus.  Certain specific product ranges were expanded, and others eliminated.  The idea was to focus on what we did the best and have the most knowledge about.  Rather than doing a little bit of everything, his plan was for Yardstore to be the best at fewer things such as aircraft sheet metal tools.

The focus today, is on aircraft sheet metal tools in both new and surplus condition as well as aircraft pneumatic tool repair.  We have the most extensive and comprehensive inventory of new, surplus and used tools specific to aircraft sheet metal work.  Rivet guns, right angle drills, Dotco style tools, threaded drill bits, countersinks, sealant guns, Cherry Tools, Huck Tools and more are inventoried in our warehouse for immediate shipment.

The same family that started Yardstore in 1946 still owns and operates it today.  Customer service issues are handled by people who have a stake in Yardstore's reputation.  Being owned by the same family for all these years means that we are now serving the fourth and fifth generation of the same families who shopped at Yardstore when we opened.  We also have the fifth generation of the Bachus family actively involved in the business.

Over 70 years later and with several hundred thousand feet of warehouse space, Yardstore is focused on the best inventory, the best customer service and treating our employees fairly.  “Aircraft tools at discount prices" is not just a slogan, but our goal every day.  At Yardstore, we want to be known for a real in stock inventory, same day shipping, quality customer service, the best quality tools and saving our customer’s money on their tool purchases.  Buy where our competition shops to save money, at Yardstore.