I am so pleased to be able to invest in this community, the Mercedes-Benz brand, and most importantly in our employees and their families. The construction of this facility was a big investment, which will have a positive economic impact on the area.
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. February 13, 2018
Crown Eurocars today announced the completion of its nearly 60,000-sq. ft. Mercedes-Benz showroom in Pinellas Park, confirming Monday, February 19, as its official grand opening date. The 7.8-acre property, at 8302 US Highway 19 N., is just 1.8 miles north of its former St. Petersburg home, where it previously held operations since 1988.
“This new state-of-the-art dealership was designed and built with our client’s best interests in mind. It’s comfortable and conveniently located, and will ensure that they get the best luxury value available anywhere,” said Larry Casto, general manager at Crown Eurocars.
Crown Eurocars' newest location features a highly visible 52-ft. high “Blade” wall adorned with a 12-ft. illuminated Mercedes-Benz Tristar; a 9,500-sq. ft. entry plaza with 8-car display capacity, green spaces, a 4-lane service drive with room for 16 cars, and 12 Service Advisor Stations.
“Our large service shop capacity means quicker and more efficient service because our client’s time is so valuable. Our service drive, lounge areas, and plentiful parking will provide extreme comfort and a positive, memorable experience,” said Casto.
Inside guests will find a 9,700 sq. ft. open concept showroom accentuated with dramatic 30-ft. ceilings, glass windows, and a Mercedes-AMG® high performance display area. The dealership also features the latest technical diagnostic and repair equipment in an almost 20,000-sq. ft. air-conditioned service shop with 37 service bays.
“I am so pleased to be able to invest in this community, the Mercedes-Benz brand, and most importantly in our employees and their families. The construction of this facility was a big investment, which will have a positive economic impact on the area. Our employees will have a state-of-the-art facility in which to work, including the very latest in digital resources and equipment,” said Dwayne Hawkins, founder and CEO of Crown Automotive Group.
Hawkins, who started Crown Automotive Group with a Pontiac dealership in 1969, is an automotive veteran renowned for his philanthropic efforts, which earned him Time Magazine's prestigious Dealer of The Year Award. His vision for community support and involvement can be seen consistently implemented in all dealership group locations covering over 1,000 Crown employees.
“This is a major investment in the future, the future of our company, the growth of our employee team member base, and the continued growth of the luxury market through such a premier brand as Mercedes-Benz. We envision that our new dealership will become the fastest growing Mercedes-Benz store on the west coast of Florida through the same kind of attention to our customer’s best interests, and great service, a reputation we’ve worked to earn every day since becoming a Mercedes-Benz dealer in 1985,” said Jim Myers, president and COO of the Crown Automotive Group.
Guests can also enjoy nearly 2,000-sq. ft. of complete comfort while they eat,and wait at the dealer’s new luxury café and reception areas.
"This new dealership allows us to further our mission to attract and retain the best team of associates by providing the environment for each to reach their personal and professional potential, to create a loyal and enthusiastic customer base and to energize our communities with inspirational impact and influence," said Myers.
Over the last 40 years, Crown Automotive Group has grown into one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the nation with operations in Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Every Crown Automotive dealership features an extensive selection of new, certified, and meticulously inspected pre-owned vehicles with financing options for every budget. Customers can also expect superior service from a team of highly trained technicians at Crown's signature award-winning service facilities.
Driven by four core values: Customer Focus, Teamwork, Integrity and Growth, the group is committed to providing each customer with "The Better Way To Buy."
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