Richmond Auto Mall begins massive makeover

Martin van del Hermal  |  April 9, 2015  |  Richmond Review

There will be more to tempt the eyes and pocketbook than ever before at the Richmond Auto Mall, which on Wednesday announced a massive expansion plan that could total $180 million in investments over the next five years.

The investment promises to raise the bar for clients and guests in their vehicle shopping and customer service experience, and will both cater to people but also entertain them.

“The growth is a commitment to our current and future customers that the Richmond Auto Mall will remain the premier place in Metro Vancouver to shop for vehicles and to service your vehicle,” said Richmond Auto Mall Association president Sylvester Tai.

Ryan Cowell, of the Cowell Group, a developer and major stakeholder in the expansion, said when completed, the expansion will see an additional 300,000 square feet of buildings.

The project will see the addition of a new Richmond Acura dealership, a brand new Audi of Richmond dealership, and a new Jaguar/Land Rover dealership, as well as a new Cowell Volkswagen dealership during the second phase of the plan.

Auto Mall association general manager Gail Terry said further renovations and another dealership will be announced in the future, when the current Volkswagen dealership is demolished during Phase 2, allowing another franchise to come to the auto mall, which would bring the dealership count to 16.

“The expansion will definitely enrich the customer experience even further,” Terry said.

The auto mall first opened in 1985 with nine dealerships, and by 1990 had 14.

Since much of the new development sits on land behind the auto mall, Terry said customers can “enjoy business as usual at all of our dealerships during the construction phase. In spite of the massive amount of construction involved, it won’t interfere with the current shopping experience.”

 

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie clenches his teeth with effort, as he shatters a bottle of bubbly to mark the start of construction at a massive Richmond Auto Mall expansion. — Image Credit: Martin Van Den Hemel

 

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