Nissan to expand to inn site

December 15, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

An Ellicott City car dealership will expand part of its operation by next May to the site of the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn, which closed last month.

Nissan West will move from 8594 Baltimore National Pike to the former restaurant site at 8569 Baltimore National Pike, next to Nissan West's parent company, Acura West.

Nissan West and Acura West are owned by Gerald Maizlish, who has been looking to expand the Nissan West operation since he bought it from Major Motors in June, said Mark Kahler, operations manager for Acura West and Nissan West.

Mr. Maizlish bought, for an undisclosed sum, the site of the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn, which closed Nov. 29 after 16 years, said Jerry Cosker, corporate treasurer for Sir Walter Raleigh Inn.

Mr. Cosker said the restaurant had been struggling because of economic hard times and competition from a Columbia restaurant park. But he said it was closed and the site sold only because restaurant officials couldn't pass up the deal offered by Mr. Maizlish.

"An offer was made to buy the [restaurant] property," Mr. Cosker said. "That really was the main reason."

The closing of the Ellicott City restaurant leaves seven Sir Walter Raleigh Inns in Maryland and Virginia.

Officials at the car dealership said they hope to move the Nissan West operation by May, since its current lease expires next summer.

"The target date is next spring," Mr. Kahler said.

Because the number of Nissan vehicles sold has increased nationwide, the number of employees at Nissan West will increase in all departments, Mr. Kahler said.

The sales force at Nissan West will increase to 10, up from the current four or five sales representatives, Mr. Kahler said.

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