FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Kelley Chevrolet is open in its new location off Lima Road and I-69 after moving from its East State Boulevard location on Friday. The service center will open Monday.
The new $10 million facility is located next to the new Costco, which will open on October 16.
Employees will move vehicles and parts to the new location beginning Friday. The sales department will open for business at the new location Saturday. The service department is expected to open on Monday.
The old location, 500 East State Boulevard, operated next to North Side High School for the better part of three decades.
A lawsuit in 2012 filed by Summit City Chevrolet on Illinois Road contended Kelley's could not move to the new location because of a state law prohibiting similar manufacture dealers operating within six miles of each other.
A change to the state law nullified the lawsuit.
The group of Kelley dealerships began operating in Fort Wayne in the 1950's and has several locations.
The new building off Lima Road has a larger showroom, expanded service center, bigger drop-off bays, and nicer waiting areas.
"There's more room for customers to look at new cars and hopefully will make for a better customer experience," Tom Kelley, president of Kelley Chevrolet, said.
The free car wash is also moving to the Lima Road location. Kelley is making a million-dollar investment to build a new facility there. Kelley already owned ten acres where the new building is.
"I've been working on this project for 20 years. It's great for Fort Wayne. Not only did we build this store on I-69, Costco opened next door and added 250 jobs," Kelley said.
At the East State location, there were several lots and buildings for the different parts of the dealership. The larger location allows all that to be in one place.
But, not everything moved off of East State. On the south side of the street, the body shop, heavy truck repair and RV business will stay. Renovations to the old showroom will make room for Midwest Auto Parts to move in.
Across the street, FWCS is interested in the lot next to North Side High School and another dealership is looking at taking over the former used car lot.
"It looks like whole piece of property will be used and stay active, which is good for the neighborhood," Kelley said.
El Azteca and Another Man's Treasure, a resale store, are in the middle of the Kelley block. Both businesses don't think the dealership moving will drive away business.
"We will miss the salesmen who come across the street for lunch and people who get their oil changed, but we have such a great customer base here, I don't think it will affect us," Laurie Miller, the El Azteca manager, said.
Nathan Widmeyer owns Another Man's Treasure said he would occasionally have people come in and shop while waiting on their cars.
"But being a retail shop with a car lot, there's so much difference there, [them moving] shouldn't affect us at all," Widmeyer said.
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