With temperatures climbing into the 80s on Monday, Scott Hatchett got feedback from Scholfield Buick GMC service staff, who were working their first warm day in the dealership’s new 53,000-square-foot building at 1333 N. Greenwich – a building that gives them air-conditioning for the first time.
“My shop foreman was just up in my office saying he absolutely loved it,” Hatchett said Monday afternoon.
Last week the dealership completed its move from the 30,000-square-foot building at 7633 E. Kellogg that it had occupied since the early 1960s. That building had a service department without air-conditioning.
“By the end of the day at the old store, they (service staff) were pretty much out of juice,” he said. “(The new building) makes it a significantly better working environment.”
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Hatchett has high expectations for the dealership’s new location on the southwest corner of 13th and Greenwich, which features an expanded service department, showroom and parts department.
Not only is the building new – it was built by Conco Construction and designed by Krehbiel Architecture – but the seven acres on which it sits allows the dealership to have “100 percent” of its new cars and trucks in front of the building.
“It was like 20 percent up front and 80 percent in back,” he said of new inventory on display at the former location. “It’s easier to do business here. It’s easier (for customers) to get to. It’s to showcase our inventory.”
With that, Hatchett said he expects to see a lift in sales in a matter of months. And he expects to add a couple of more salespeople to the dealership, which employs 76.
“After we did the Hyundai (East) move a year, year-and-a-half ago ... sales went up about 20 percent within a couple of months,” he said. “So I’m expecting the same results, if not better, out of this location.”
Hyundai East had previously been located just to the west of the Buick GMC store at Rock and Kellogg. It relocated to Central and Greenwich in mid-2011.