VANDALIA — Beau Townsend Ford Lincoln celebrated the grand opening of its new Lincoln showroom on Friday afternoon.
The 4,000 square foot expansion cost nearly $2.8 million and has transformed the dealership over the past year.
Vice President and Co-Owner Larry Taylor said that Ford approached the dealership about five years ago with an offer to become Dayton’s only Lincoln dealer. Lincoln is Ford’s line of luxury vehicles.
“When they came to me we were interested and they told me we would need to build a separate showroom with a luxury experience,” said Taylor. “It’s been quite the project. It will expand our dealership and will eventually lead to 10-12 more jobs, more inventory, and we will better be able to serve the Greater Dayton community as the exclusive Lincoln dealer.”
The project also includes an upgrade to the service department, a remodeled waiting are, an enlarged customer lounge with WiFi and a 75” television.
It is the dealership’s second construction project to be completed in the past year. A 3,000 square foot storage facility was built at a cost of $600,000 at the body shop site on Foley Drive.
Taylor said the dealership has been courted over the years by Tipp City and other locations in Miami County but he remains committed to Vandalia.
“I really get supported in this town, and you can’t just take, you must give back,” Taylor said. “I love our town, this is my town, and its my responsibility to enhance every aspect that I can possibly touch. I’ve been here 47 years, raised my kids here, made my living here, Vandalia is my life. The city government has always been supportive of me, they have always been business-friendly, and I want this town to be as nice as it can be and I want to be a part of it. I owe everything I have to this town. I’m not a gifted man, but I work hard and try to do the right thing.
“To accomplish what I’ve accomplished takes the help of others and I thank Ford Motor Company, the City of Vandalia, and my customers. Henry Ford said if you see how much you can give a man for a dollar instead of how little, you are bound to succeed. I subscribe to that theory.”
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