Davis-Moore Lincoln to open at new site Monday

07/08/2014 8:27 AM

07/08/2014 4:26 PM

Davis-Moore Auto Group has some busy weeks ahead of it, starting with the relocation of its Lincoln dealership, which is set to open in temporary space next week.

Davis-Moore vice president Sean Tarbell said Davis-Moore Lincoln plans to open Monday in the former Scholfield Lexus building near the northeast corner of Kellogg and Greenwich.

The Lincoln dealership is moving to the two-acre site from its longtime location at 5817 E. Kellogg.

Tarbell said the Lincoln location will have some minor touch-ups but no extensive remodeling work has been done there.

“We’re just kind of freshening it up a bit, and putting the Lincoln fascia on it,” he said.

Tarbell said the move of the dealership will likely happen over the weekend.

“It’s something we could do in a couple of hours,” he said.

The Lincoln dealership relocation is part of a broader relocation of all the remaining Davis-Moore dealerships from the 5000 and 6000 blocks of East Kellogg.

Tarbell said that by early October, work on its $4.5 million, 66,000-square-foot Chrysler Dodge Jeep building near Kellogg and Rock Road should be complete and it should be ready to occupy. He expects Fiat of Wichita to be able to open simultaneously in a $1.05 million, 10,000-square-foot building Davis-Moore had constructed just west of the new Chrysler building.

“We do have quite a few irons in the fire, currently,” Tarbell said.

The three dealerships are the last of Davis-Moore’s dealerships to leave the stretch of Kellogg between Woodlawn and Oliver. The shift began in 2008 when the company moved its Mazda dealership from 5025 E. Kellogg to 10603 E. Kellogg. Three years later it moved its Nissan dealership from next to the current Chrysler store at 6025 E. Kellogg to 10605 E. Kellogg. Last month, Davis-Moore sold the Nissan dealership to McGavock Nissan of Texas.

All of the lots Davis-Moore dealerships are leaving or have left are owned by Norma Davis, widow of Davis-Moore founder Grant Davis.

Some of the moves may not be permanent.

Tarbell said it’s unclear whether Davis-Moore Lincoln will remain at Greenwich and Kellogg long term. He said it’s really dependent on what the future Kellogg expansion project holds for that corner.

“We’ll be in there for probably three to five years,” he said. “When the road project makes it out there, it’s going to change the landscape of things. … We’re assuming that it won’t be the right location (after the expansion project). But if it turns out that is the best location, then great.”

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