Bill Kidd's constructing a new service site

Volvo will get its own showroom

Auto dealers

April 01, 1999|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Bill Kidd's Timonium Toyota-Volvo Inc., a York Road fixture for 26 years, is expanding its automotive sales office and shifting its parts and service operations to a new site, its president, William Kidd, said yesterday.

Plans call for the construction of a new Toyota and Volvo service and parts center on Industry Lane, about a half-mile south of the dealership's current location.

"There will be two service departments under one roof," Kidd said. "The Toyota customers will drive in one area; the Volvo customers will drive in another area."

Kidd said the service center will be constructed on 3.6 acres of a 16-acre tract formerly owned by AAI Corp. AAI sold the 16 acres to Atlanta-based Home Depot.

The 46,000-square-foot service facility will be nearly double the size of the dealership's present service and sales operations combined.

The parts and repair facility is expected to be completed in July. "The very next day we will begin construction of a new Volvo showroom" adjacent to the Toyota sales facility, Kidd said.

The new six-car Volvo showroom is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

The moves are prompted by demands from Volvo Cars of North America Inc., of Rockleigh, N.J., that its dealers have exclusive showrooms for its cars. Bill Kidd has been selling Volvos and Toyota out of the same showroom.

"Volvo wants exclusive showrooms for its cars in major markets," Kidd said. "If you don't give customers that unique experience, you won't be a Volvo dealer, period."

Kidd estimates that the total investment will top $4 million and will result in the hiring of an additional 10 to 20 workers. The dealership currently employs 90 people.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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