The owners of Scholfield Buick GMC plan to relocate the dealership from its long-time home at Kellogg and Rock to a new facility they plan to build at the southwest corner of 13th and Greenwich.
Scott Hatchett, managing partner of the Buick GMC dealership and Scholfield Hyundai, said Friday that he expects construction to begin sometime in the spring of next year, with an opening in 2013.
Hatchett said the expansion of east Kellogg over the years has made the dealership at 7633 E. Kellogg increasingly difficult for customers to access for service and sales.
"Really it comes down to our customer base," he said. "I think that will help us with retention."
Hatchett added that the expansion of Kellogg has been a good development for the city, but not for his Buick GMC dealership, which has been at its present location since the early 1960s, originally as a Pontiac store opened by Dick Scholfield and Vic Scholfield.
The new location will be close to Scholfield Hyundai's east store, which moved from 7625 E. Kellogg to Central and Greenwich earlier this year. It also will be across from land the dealership group purchased on the northwest corner of 13th and Greenwich for Scholfield Auto Plaza, he said.
Plans for what the new location will look like are being developed, Hatchett said. Jeff Krehbiel is the architect. It will probably be the end of the year before those plans are finalized, including approval by General Motors.
Hatchett hopes to bid the project and select a general contractor in the first quarter of next year.
Construction likely will take 10 to 12 months, depending on weather, he said.
The current location is dated and renovating it would be extensive and costly. "We would need to do a complete tear-down," Hatchett said.
One of the biggest features of the new location will be a climate-controlled service facility.
Hatchett said the dealership's technicians currently work in a service facility that doesn't have air-conditioning, which means "a lot of fans and a lot of Gatorade."