Haley Toyota is buying 17 acres from Roanoke city to relocate its Franklin Road dealership, my colleague David Ress reports today in this story.
The dealership hopes to relocate to Courtland Road Northeast, on a piece of land that was once the city’s Public Works Service Center. The property is one block north of Orange Avenue and one block west of Williamson Road.
General manager Chuck Baker said in a news release that the move is a result of the company’s growth, and that the property is large enough to allow for future expansion.
“Due to increased business, from sales, service, and parts the future expansion would create additional jobs for the area,” he said. ”The property is large enough to accommodate future expansion in the event other automobile franchises become available.”
You can read more about Haley’s plans in today’s story.
On Sunday, look for my piece about the growth of dealerships throughout the region. I reported the column because I’d noticed several dealerships were either remodeling their showrooms, or building new showrooms. Some of the work is part of manufactures’ incentive programs, but some was because, like Haley, the dealerships said they had outgrown their facilities.
I talked with Baker while reporting the column earlier this week. At that point, he wasn’t ready to go on the record with the dealership’s plans to buy the Courtland Road property. However, on Thursday night city council published its agenda for next week’s meeting, and on the agenda was the sale of the land. Ress, the newspaper’s city reporter, pursued the story. Unfortunately the news broke too late to be included in Sunday’s story.
Haley’s move will leave a large hole on Franklin Road. What type of redevelopment opportunities do you see possible there?