Ford, Mitsubishi dealerships being demolished
Ford Lincoln, Hyundai/Equus will be built further north on Main Street
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.
Demolition starts Wednesday morning on the former Gainesville Ford facility to make way for Ford Lincoln of Gainesville's new complex, followed Thursday by demolition of the former Mitsubishi dealership on adjacent property to make way for Hyundai/Equus.
Both dealerships are owned by Parks Motor Group of Longwood, which bought the Ford and Mitsubishi properties from Ford Motor Co. in late 2010 for $1.75 million.
Ford Lincoln will move from 2201 N. Main St. to 3333 N. Main on the site of what used to be Gainesville Ford. Hyundai/Equus will move from 2202 N. Main to 3331 N. Main. Equus is Hyundai's luxury brand franchise. The company hopes to open the new facilities by the start of next year.
The move will accommodate the dealerships' growth and allow more visible facility and vehicle display from Main Street, said General Manager John Lanza.
The dealerships are going from 5 to 15 acres and will have four times the interior space with a 45,000-square-foot Ford Lincoln facility and 18,000 square feet for Hyundai/Equus, he said.
Lanza said their Ford Lincoln sales were up 42 percent last year over 2010 while Hyundai sales were up 48 percent.
The company has a contract to sell the current Hyundai property and has put the Ford Lincoln property on the market, he said. Parks also leases the former Volvo property for parts and big-vehicle repairs.