Honda to join the car dealership crowd aat Crain Highway site

July 29, 1992|By Deidre Nerreau McCabe | Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff Writer

Probably to no one's surprise, Glen Burnie is getting another car dealership.

The Brown Automotive Group, based in Fairfax, Va., has purchased about four acres at the corner of Crain Highway and Eighth Avenue to build a new Honda dealership -- one of the largest on the East Coast, company president John E. Wright said. The company plans to relocate Brown's Honda City from tTC Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park to the Crain Highway site, he said.

Brown's Automotive Group bought the property from the Wagner Estate almost three years ago, but had a lease obligation in its current location until now, he said. The company decided to move the dealership to build a larger, more state-of-the-art facility, he said.

"The new site is in the heart of the automotive retail district," said Mr. Wright, explaining the site will be a better location.

John Morris, president of Brown's Honda City, said he expects to sell an additional 50 to 60 cars a month at the new site. Brown's Honda City now sells about 150 cars a month.

"Right now, the only people coming in are people who specifically want Hondas. There's nothing else down here," he said. "In the new location, customers going to look at an Oldsmobile or a Toyota or a Hyundai, they might decide to go across the street and check out a Honda. And the Honda, it sells itself."

Myers & Myers Construction Co., located in Woodbridge, Va., will serve as both developer and builder for the project. Tom Speight, the construction superintendent, said his company razed four existing structures about three weeks ago to prepare the site for construction. Gone are an electronics store, an old crab house, a former liquor store -- which was once a gas station -- and "some sort of concrete pumping station," said Mr. Speight.

All of the structures, which were unoccupied, were so run-down that razing them will improve the intersection, Mr. Speight said.

"It was a pigsty, a real mess," he said.

"I think it will be a dramatic improvement to that intersection," Mr. Wright said. "The buildings there were old and antiquated. It was in pretty rough shape."

The new facility, which Mr. Wright estimated would cost more than $5 million to construct, will consist of a 40,000 square-foot structure with showroom, parts and service areas and a lot that ** can accommodate about 300 cars. Mr. Wright said he expects the dealership to be completed by January 1993.

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