Jan 26,2007 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
Lithia Motors, Inc., the country's fast growing, publicly held automotive dealership group, announced Monday that it will begin construction on the largest dedicated Auto Mall in the state of Oregon.
Lithia, with its 60 year commitment to the local automotive market, will be developing 60 acres to house dealerships from nine different manufacturer franchises. The first site under construction is the Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge store. The Auto Mall will be about a mile north of downtown Medford and is the first step in starting the City of Medford's Downtown Commons plan. Lithia will be building a new corporate headquarters downtown as part of the Commons project once the current Lithia dealerships have been relocated.
"The groundbreaking is an auspicious event for Lithia as it is both a culmination of everything we've done over the last 60 years and a catapult to the future," said Sid DeBoer, Lithia Chairman and CEO. "I am tremendously proud of our plan, we will have best in class dealership and corporate facilities right here in our hometown."
"Lithia Motors has been a cornerstone of the Rogue Valley for over 60 years and I am thrilled to witness yet another significant investment in this community and in our residents," said Mayor Gary Wheeler. "Lithia has always set the bar extremely high, but we look forward to seeing even greater achievements through these new facilities."
"The Lithia Auto Mall is being designed to create the ultimate consumer experience and convenience with nine dealerships to shop at," said Mark DeBoer, of Mark DeBoer Construction. "The store will be 60,000 square feet, and at a cost of $10 million it will have every imaginable amenity to offer world class vehicle sales and service experiences."
"Since Lithia began in 1946 with a single Chrysler dealership, it seems only fitting that our first site for development be the Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge store," said Sid DeBoer.