Racicot Chrysler holds groundbreaking as dealership expands

 

Dignitaries break ground at the Racicot Chrysler official groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 19.

Dignitaries break ground at the Racicot Chrysler official groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 19.

By Ron Giofu

 

Racicot Chrysler is kicking off an expansion and renovation project that “will modernize the facility to allow the dealership to enhance, expand and improve customer service for their valued customers” as part of its 35th anniversary.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Sandwich St. S. dealership last Tuesday morning. The ceremony was attended by dealership ownership and staff, members of Rosati Construction and members of town council including Mayor Wayne Hurst, Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland and Councillor Bart DiPasquale.

“Getting to this point has been a long and exciting road. I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” said Leo Racicot Sr.

Racicot said they have “loved every minute” of their 35 years in Amherstburg and that they’ve seen the town grow and prosper over the years.

“This project has been a long time in the making. Eight years to be exact,” said Racicot.

Market conditions put a hold on the project but Racicot said they see improvement as well as stability with Chrysler and that led to the expansion to go ahead.

“We could not have gotten this far without the hard work of our family, my employees and all of our loyal customers who have stayed with us over the years,” said Racicot.

The dealership will remain open as the phased project moves forward. The project will include an expansion of the sales showroom, renovation of the administration areas, and creation of enhanced customer areas, and expansion of the parts area.

The south side of the building will see a new two-bay service drive-thru and drop-off addition. This will include a new customer service/pick-up desk and parts desk and a welcoming waiting area with TV’s and an internet bar.

The shop area will also see an expansion and renovation to allow for improved efficiency and allow for increased services to be offered.

Racicot added he was proud of the final design that Rosati Construction came up with for the expansion.

Hurst recalled the dealership’s beginnings at the corner of Alma St. and Sandwich St. S. and the dealership’s growth to its present location. He believed the expansion will allow for “tremendous improvement” at the dealership.

“We are very pleased and appreciative of the work that has been done and continues to be done for the community by Leo Racicot and his family,” said Hurst.

 

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