Activity continues at the San Bernardino Auto Center, as Toyota of San Bernardino’s president Cliff Cummings has just acquired the building that once housed the former Freeway-Lincoln Mercury car dealership, located at 1600 Camino Real.
Facing Interstate 215 at the entrance to the city, the former dealership consists of three buildings, which sit on a 3.31acre parcel of land and employed approximately 45 people before ceasing its operations in the summer of 2008. In a current state of disrepair, the acquisition is yet another sign of the revitalization underway at the San Bernardino Auto Center.
“The location is in pretty bad shape and will take some time before we can actually make it functional,” said Cummings. “If you want to attract buyers, image is key and we want to do all we can to increase the visibility and awareness of the auto center.”
Stripped of everything imaginable, amid a sea of broken glass, restoration to the dealership will begin immediately. Cummings predicts the dealership will be operational by January 2011, utilizing the space for vehicle storage, display or perhaps another franchise, highlighting it as an entryway into the city.
With an increase of 17 percent in its workforce over last year, Toyota of San Bernardino is set to add even more members to its staff, due to the anticipated number of employees needed to make the location functional once again.
Cummings says that the signs of the economy rebounding from the recession are everywhere, and sees the auto center providing the Inland Empire as a source for a variety of well paying jobs, such as mechanics, landscapers, security, sales executives and other administration professionals.
“Our plans are to fuel growth and expand market share,” continued Cummings.
“This is a prime location, which will go a long way in helping us to do just that.
Cumming was able to get the property vacated by Chuck McVay after he surrendered the property back to Ford Motor Company. “It is a shame that they helped him but would not help me to keep the property,” said McVay in a phone interview. As to the vandalism he said every building that was vacated in the Auto Mall was vandalized.
“I tried to approach the city with a used car operation but they would not support it,” he said.
For more information on Toyota of San Bernardino call (909) 381-4444 or visit ToyotaSB.com
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