Thayer auto dealerships getting new look in BG PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 09:07
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Paul Thayer and his daughter, Rachael, with the new Honda building being built behind them. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Three of the five Thayer Family Dealerships in Bowling Green are getting a new look and the other two are not far behind.
The focus now is remodeling of Ralph Thayer Chevrolet and entirely new facilities for Thayer Toyota and Thayer Honda.
"Nationwide the manufacturers all want uniformity and upgrades," said Paul Thayer, whose late father, Ralph, started out with Chevrolet in 1935.
Approximately five jobs will be added at each of the three operations.
The Chevrolet dealership moved from downtown BG to North Main Street in the mid 1960s and has grown from there.
Work on the Chevrolet building is already well under way with completion scheduled by summer. The service area will be about 60 percent larger, adding eight service bays. The showroom will be redone from the floor tile to the furniture.
A separate building that housed Toyota sales, along with used vehicle sales, has been demolished to make room for a structure about three-times as large. Daughter Rachel Thayer said that facility should be completed by late July or early September.
Work on the Honda dealership to the north of the Chevrolet building started in January and is showing good progress.
When complete, Honda operations on adjacent lots in the 1000 block of North Main Street will make the short trip north for a totally different look.
The Thayer family added the Honda dealership to its offerings in October 2010.
"Part of the deal was we had to have a new building," Paul Thayer said.
The facility will handle sales, service and parts and feature a drive-through service write-up station. In fact, the drive through service write-up will be a new feature for Chevrolet and Toyota as well.
The emphasis with all of the work will be to make operations customer friendly and energy efficient. Customers will be able to access wifi and there will be charging stations for electric vehicles.
Once work is completed on the Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota buildings, the focus will move to the Ford and Nissan operations.
 

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