KC Auto Dealers Spend Millions On Facilities’ Amenities, Energy Efficiency

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Auto dealers in the Kansas City area spent more than $85 million in 2012 and 2013 on facilities upgrades designed to make a visit to the dealership a more inviting prospect.

The largest player was the Hendrick group, based in Charlotte, N.C. It has spent about $45 million on its eight dealerships in the Kansas City area. Dave Cross Motors, a Buick-GMC dealership, increased its size by 28,000 square feet. The Jay Wolfe group spent $12 million rebuilding or remodeling its area dealerships. Frank Acona Honda added more than 20,000 square feet.

“The environment has changed in our business,” said Lee Hubbard, managing partner at Jay Wolfe. “As the products have become closer in reliability, safety and other areas, we have to do more.

Many of the upgrades also included energy efficiency. Legends Toyota met the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria for an LEED Gold certification, and Legends Honda has wind turbines.

The construction could be an indication of a recovering economy. U.S. auto sales were up an estimated 8 percent in 2013, and Kansas City saw an increase of about 7.5 percent.

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