Davis-Moore to begin site work for new Chrysler, Fiat stores in July

06/25/2013 7:20 AM

06/25/2013 7:21 AM

Davis-Moore Auto Group in July will begin preparing a nine-acre site near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Rock for construction of two buildings totaling more than 70,000 square feet.

Stuart Ray, Davis-Moore chief financial officer, said Monday his company will take over the property at 7633 E. Kellogg that for nearly 50 years was home to Scholfield Buick GMC and build a 66,000-square-foot Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram building and a 10,000 to 11,000-square-foot Fiat building. He said officials plan to raze the existing three buildings on the site on or shortly after July 1, when Davis-Moore acquires the site.

Construction of the new Davis-Moore buildings is expected to begin in October, with completion expected in early fall 2014, he said.

Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is designing the new buildings, and Leonard and Associates is the general contractor.

Ray declined to disclose the cost of the project.

The new Chrysler building will include space for a showroom, sales offices, and a parts and service department, as well as the administrative offices of Davis-Moore. About 110 people will work out of the new Chrysler and Fiat buildings. He added that both buildings will be built simultaneously.

He said the company opted to build new at the site because the existing Scholfield buildings are nearly five decades old.

Ray said the square footage of the new buildings is roughly equivalent to the space Davis-Moore Chrysler and Fiat occupy between 5900 and 6200 E. Kellogg. The company has been leasing those buildings and land for decades, Ray said.

Davis-Moore acquired the Scholfield property because it afforded them the best visibility for the dealerships. Scholfield Buick GMC moved in April to a 53,000-square-foot building it built at 1333 N. Greenwich.

While the company does own land surrounding its Nissan and Mazda dealerships farther east on Kellogg, “we used up all the frontage out there so we wouldn’t have Kellogg frontage,” he said.

Visibility is key for its Chrysler operation, Ray added.

“It’s the biggest store we have,” he said. “Of course, it’s the biggest franchise we have.”

Davis-Moore operates six new car franchises in Wichita.

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