Thursday, March 24, 2011
The new car dealership of Miller Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep has moved to a new location in Fulton at 809 South Westminster Ave.
Mindy Miller, a spokeswoman for the dealership, said the old location at 1221 North Bluff St. was too small for the growing dealership and the new site provides almost three times as much space.
The dealership is owned by Miller’s parents, David and Gloria Miller.
“We bought the former Cooke Sales and Service building about one year ago and we have been working on improving it since that time,” Miller said. The dealership plans to complete remodeling the building and paving the parking lot before celebrating a grand opening.
Miller said extensive remodeling and additions have been added to the new building. A new 75-foot by 30-foot high ceiling showroom has been built on the east side of the building facing South Westminster Avenue.
A new drive-through service write-up addition has been built on the south side of the building. “This will be great for our customers. They can drive inside the covered building during inclement weather to talk about what service they need with our service manager,” Miller said.
“We have a Miller shuttle service that people can use while their vehicle is serviced. Or if they desire they can relax in our new customer waiting area,” Miller said.
Inside the building are numerous new features. A customer waiting area with a sofa and other conveniences includes a new big-screen television. Another area is set aside as a playroom for children with toys and another television.
“Everything we have done is customer-driven. We want all of our many customers throughout Callaway County to know that we appreciate their business,” Miller said.
The service area of the business is large enough to accommodate eight vehicles at the same time. The previous location could handle only three vehicles for service at one time.
The parking lot area is another big change that pleases Miller. “We can park almost 200 vehicles in our lot. At our other location we had cars parked up next to the building and across the street. But here everything is out in front. We plan to pave the entire parking lot in front of the building. We also need to erect new signs on the front of the building and complete some other improvements. It’s going to be great when it all is finished,” Miller said.
The firm moved from its leased former North Bluff Street location on Monday.