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New Jim Hudson Lexus center in the works

Posted: April 28, 2015 - 11:10pm
The Jim Hudson Lexus pre-owned car dealership is expanding into the space next to their Washington Road location at Pleasant Home Road.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The Jim Hudson Lexus pre-owned car dealership is expanding into the space next to their Washington Road location at Pleasant Home Road.

Two buildings on Washington Road in Martinez are being demolished to make way for a Jim Hudson Lexus dealership.

An old NAPA Auto Parts store and Martinez Masonic Lodge in the 3400 block of Washington Road are being razed so the dealership can relocate to a larger facility that will be built at the corner of Pleasant Home and Washington roads, where the dealer’s used-car center is located, said Bill Gibbs, the general manager at Jim Hudson Lexus.

Jim Hudson Automotive Group opened the Lexus dealership at 3520 Washington Road in 2001 and added a used-vehicle facility at 3410 Washington Road in 2011. The two businesses have always been separated by Milton Ruben’s auto superstore.

In 2012, with expansion in mind, the company purchased the old auto parts store and lodge parcel, along with a piece of land on Davant Street, for nearly $2 million, according to Columbia County property records.

The new construction, which is expected to start later this year, requires two other structures on Davant Street and the current Jim Hudson Lexus Pre-Owned showroom and service center be torn down, said Gibbs, who is working to secure a temporary location nearby for the used-vehicle business until the new facility is completed.

The new dealership is projected to open in about 18 months and will bring all Jim Hudson Lexus operations under one roof.

“It’s going to be two to three times as big as where we are here,” said Gibbs, referring to the current 19,000-square-foot Lexus building. “We kind of outgrew this facility the first year we were here. Service capacity is the biggest need.”

The new location will likely double both the service department and new and used-vehicle inventory, Gibbs said.

The company is now meeting with architects to complete a design concept for the new dealership.

Gibbs, who said he was unsure of the project’s estimated cost, said it will resemble the modern, window-paneled facade of the Jim Hudson Lexus in Columbia, which was built three years ago.

Plans for the existing dealership have not been nailed down, Gibbs said. It could be sold or kept for expansion, he said.

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