by Gordon Block- (http://www.watertowndailytimes.com)
ADAMS – Work is coming to a close for projects at two dealerships at the Fuccillo Auto Mall space on Route 11.
Sales staff members for the Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealership plan to move into a new 16,200-square-foot building by the end of the week. The project has been under construction since late October.
“It’s fantastic … we’re really excited about it,” said Gerald B. Morgan, the dealership’s general manager.
Mr. Morgan said the plan was for the dealership’s sales staff to move in by the weekend. The project’s final stage, he said, involves exterior landscaping and some paving.
The sales team’s move comes in advance of the planned move for the dealership’s parts and services department, which Mr. Morgan said would take place in June. After that relocation, the dealership’s existing building will be demolished and converted into parking.
Mr. Morgan said the new space wouldn’t lead to changes in its services, but instead an increase in activity.
The dealership plans to increase its truck inventory by 25 percent and other vehicles by 10 percent. Mr. Morgan said the additions in the service department, including express lanes for oil changes, would increase business by about 25 percent.
He estimated the project will cost about $1.5 million to $2 million, and contractor Donald E. Clark, owner of DC Building Systems, Watertown, said it has stayed on budget.
Mr. Clark said constructing the building, the company’s fifth dealership project, had been “smoother than smooth.”
Work also is concluding for a makeover project at Fuccillo’s Chevrolet and Buick dealership as a part of the national car company’s marketing program, David J. Currier, the dealership’s general manager, said the space has a new customer lounge, bathrooms and paint.
“We’ve brightened it up quite a bit,” he said.
He said the dealership’s showroom space will be finished this week.
The renovation ends as the Fuccillo Automotive Group puts together its Huge-A-Thon 2013 promotion, which features giveaways of $250,000 in prizes.
Names will be drawn May 31 from each of the group’s 20 dealerships throughout the state. Winners then will be invited to join Billy Fuccillo, the automotive group’s owner, at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, for the grand prize drawing.