Park Place Lexus Plano to Build New Dealership
Posted By: Park Place Dealerships - 2012-05-22
Park Place Lexus Plano to build new dealership to keep up with future growth. New jobs created during construction and after dealership opens in 2013.
In 1991, Park Place Dealerships opened their first Lexus store and after 15 expansions, Park Place Lexus Plano is preparing for the next chapter. The company announced today it is moving the dealership to Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway, approximately three and a half miles north of the current Preston Road location. The new multi-million dollar facility will open in the fall of 2013.
“We are positioning the dealership for the additional growth that will come from Lexus introducing new products over the next several years. As Collin County continues to grow, we must also be prepared to manage an expanding market,” said Ken Schnitzer, Chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “We will build a facility that is aesthetically exciting, but also extremely efficient so we can provide the best ownership experience for our clients.“
The 170,000 square foot facility will sit on 27.5 acres with five acres reserved for future development. The new car showroom will accommodate up to 14 Lexus models in stylish, contemporary surroundings. The interior of the facility will feature a lighter, softer palette with classic furniture that is tailored and sophisticated. Park Place Lexus will use rift oak, white marble and grey washed hardwoods. The interior design continues with the direction set by the dealership’s exterior elements emphasizing light and transparency with a series of glass panels and dynamic curved ceilings.
The exterior will feature soft, smooth lines that invite guests into Park Place Lexus Plano. A curved, sweeping wall that is the length of a football field features the Lexus emblem and can be seen from the northbound and southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway. The feature wall starts at 35 feet on one end and rises to 50 feet at the other, framing the showroom and showcasing cars on the plaza with branded Lexus images above the fleet of cars. The dealership will front the access road of the Dallas North Tollway with additional entry points on Spring Creek Parkway.
Park Place Lexus Plano will increase its service and make-ready bays from 68 to 119. More than 8,000 square feet will be dedicated to a dent and ding body repair as well as a tint service facility. The service drive will encompass nearly 7,000 square feet allowing Park Place to easily provide personalized service for every client.
“After expanding the dealership 15 times over 21 years, we are simply out of space,” said Jordan Case, President of Park Place Lexus. “We started with 36 employees and have grown this store to more than 300 members today. Over the next several years, we will be adding technicians, sales associates, and service advisors among other job positions. We expect to have a 10 percent increase in jobs once the dealership opens.”
Located in Collin County, Park Place Lexus expects to see significant growth as a result of the demand for the Lexus brand as well as continued growth coming from Collin County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population in Collin County increased nearly 60% from 2000 to 2010. Eight of the 10 fastest-growing cities in North Texas are in Collin County. Historically, after Park Place has opened a new dealership, the company has seen up to a 20 percent growth in sales and service.
The architectural firm for the project is Dallas-based Good Fulton & Farrell Architects with Hill & Wilkinson handling duties as general contractor. Emily Owens Design Group has been selected as the interior designer. Civil engineer is Spiars Engineering.
Park Place Lexus is the only automobile dealership in the United States to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Given by the President of the United States, the award recognizes a company for performance excellence. Park Place Lexus Plano has also received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the Elite of Lexus Award 20 times in its 21-year history.
Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Celebrating 25 years of "Experts in Excellence," today Park Place Dealerships operates 15 full-service dealerships representing Bentley, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, smart, Volvo and Rolls-Royce. In addition, the dealership group includes two Park Place Bodywerks locations.
Below are some photos from the groundbreaking event today on the site of the new Lexus Plano location.
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