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Fairway Ford soon to upgrade Evans dealership

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Fairway Ford in Evans is ready to embark on an expansion project that will double its showroom by the end of 2014.

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With financial assistance from Ford Motor Co., the dealership will undergo its first major design overhaul since opening in 1995 at 4333 Washington Road. The new design, consisting of a front glass facade, aluminium blocking and modern accents, will reflect the Detroit area automaker’s new design specs for Ford dealerships across the country.

“I’m looking for long-term benefits out of the store, and also our home needs to be upgraded,” said Mike Combs, Fairway Ford’s general manager. “It’s been here for a while. It’s starting to show a few signs here and there.”

Construction could begin as early as this week, and dealership employees have already moved into two trailers on the 6.5-acre property, Combs said.

The $1.6 million expansion will nearly double the 8,000-square-foot showroom and bring new offices and enhanced service and parts departments to the facility. Once the project is compete, Combs said, he hopes to hire about 20 more employees.

“We’re looking for about a 20 percent increase in sales,” Combs said. “That’s a huge amount of revenue to the county, also.”

Combs expects the renovation to take about eight months.

The dealership is in the Evans Town Center Overlay District, which requires businesses to adhere to design guidelines that foster creation of a town center development. In late November, Columbia County planning commissioners passed design and conformance variances to facilitate the project.

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restguy
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restguy 03/03/14 - 07:10 pm
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GO FORD !!

GO FORD !!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/04/14 - 07:41 am
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Did they purchase additional
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Did they purchase additional property as well? Their lot is small and cramped and full of 4 door luxury trucks. I just went to a dealer in middle GA to get my truck... regular cab with a few nice features which I could not find anywhere near Augusta

dickworth1
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dickworth1 03/04/14 - 08:01 am
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go ford
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Go Ford and take your high dollar union workers with you.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 03/04/14 - 09:44 am
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Now Now

Union workers, I'm with you. BUT remember that Ford was the only Big-Three that did NOT take any bail-out money. Now I own Ford stock, and drive a Ford SUV (well, actually my wife does)...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/04/14 - 10:11 am
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Speaking of unions

I wonder how much your $30,000 car would cost if there never had been a UAW and people were paid by their skill instead of an artificial scale?

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 03/04/14 - 01:44 pm
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The Union

Without the union, my Ford would not be NEAR what it cost. GM got bailed out twice. The first time by George W, I guess because it was felt too big to fail. The second time by Obama. What I find disgusting about both times, is that GM was not allowed to go bankrupt -- protecting those union workers who got Obama re-elected, and for whatever the reason for GW. And remember the talk about raising the minimum wage -- union wage scales are tied to the minimum wage. And the beat goes on...

dwb619
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dwb619 03/04/14 - 02:14 pm
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price difference

I noticed no price difference in the Mexican assembled Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the USA assembled one when I bought in October.
Had I not been able to find an American assembled Chevrolet, I would have went down the hiway to the Ford dealer.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 03/05/14 - 09:32 pm
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Hopefully when they remodel...

they will also get rid of those stupid cowboy commercials.

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