After eight months of careful planning, construction is now underway at Washington Ford in South Strabane Township. The front of the dealership’s 27-year-old facility has been demolished and a new state-of-the-art building will soon stand in its place. The new design includes a two-story showroom; new sales, administrative and management offices; a service advisor’s area and a spacious customer lounge.
“It may seem rather odd to demolish a functioning 27-year-old facility,” said Washington Ford’s president, Larry Wind. “However, our franchisor, Ford, and our customers deserve this major remodel.”
According to Larry Wind's son and the dealership’s general manager Dan Wind, the most noticeable change for customers will be the new two-story showroom which will feature three walls of windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling.
“Our new space will provide a brighter, more airy feel for customers when they’re browsing Ford’s latest lineup,” he said.
The new store, which is scheduled to open in December, will feature a new service write-up area that can be accessed through automatic sliding glass doors from the drive-in service lane. A second door will lead to a much-larger customer lounge.
The most significant differences between the current building and the new design are the atrium showroom and the second-floor mezzanine which will offer great views of both the showroom and the outside vehicle display area. The second-floor mezzanine will house the dealership’s accounting department, plus additional offices and meeting space.
Even though Washington Ford is currently working out of temporary offices and managing a slightly reduced inventory, Dan Wind said that the response from his new and pre-owned sales customers has been very positive.
“It’s an exciting time for our team members and I think that our customers share in that enthusiasm,” he said. “Excuse our dust and we’ll make it worth your while to do business with Washington Ford!’”
The dealership’s parts and service departments are open and fully operational during construction. In fact, Dan Wind said that many of his service customers have commented that they enjoy the dedicated customer lounge that’s located in one of the temporary buildings.
The new building is being built by General Industries – the same construction company that, in 2013, developed a two-and-a-half-acre site for Washington Ford across Route 19 and built the dealership’s 6,000-square-foot vehicle prep center. The Winds said that they are pleased to continue their relationship with the Charleroi-based business on this project.
“The president of General Industries, Don Ivill, and his team are known throughout Washington County for constructing great buildings on schedule,” said Dan Wind. “In our case, that means that we cannot wait until December when we can invite our customers to experience the new Washington Ford.”
In the meantime, construction progress can be tracked live via a Construction Cam at washingtonford.com.