SPRINGVILLE—After spending many years at their West Main Street location in Springville, Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is in the process of expanding to a larger dealership to help more people with their automobile needs.
Having purchased Bob Johnson Motors four years ago to start Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, Carl Emerling said they knew a bigger space would be needed in the future, but waited for the right time to focus on an expansion to their growing dealership. The new dealership will be located on South Cascade Drive, across the street from the existing Emerling Ford dealership.
“We knew at that time that we were going to have to expand … it was just a question to when and how soon things will come together,” Emerling said. “We are really busting at the seams … things have been good and we are looking forward to the expansion to take care of our customers properly.”
With all that space, Emerling said they will be adding new employees to the team.
Currently, Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has 26 employees and is planning to add 10 jobs right away, with the potential to expand to around 80 total employees.
“I think it will take us to the next level of customer satisfaction and that is the main reason we are doing this because it is hard to properly handle our customer base in the facilities we are in now,” Emerling said. “But it’s really exciting because with this expansion, we will be one of the newest facilities selling Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM products in Western New York … we are going to have the most modern dealership in Western New York.”
Providing the best experience possible to all customers is what Emerling employees strive for daily, and with the new facility, everyone from the employees to the community is excited for what is to come.
“Our customers and especially our employees are excited to take it up another notch and be able to give the experience that our customers deserve,” Emerling said. “We feel very proud to be part of this community knowing that the community will support us and we will support a new modern facility.
“We try to do a lot for our community with various organizations and schools and we appreciated the business that the community gives us also … it’s a win-win as the community supports us and we support the community,” he said.
Though there are no concrete plans for the current location once the dealership relocates, Emerling said he would like to rent or sell the space to someone who can use the amenities that are already there, but also bring something new and unique to the community.
“Ideally, what I would like to find is someone that could utilize the facilities here as they are … something that can be retail, but also take advantage of the mechanical area that we have,” Emerging said. “I would like to sell or lease to someone who can bring some type of retail store that can bring jobs to Springville and something unique that we don’t have here.”
Construction was set to begin June 1, but an archaeological study required by the state has pushed the start date back to July 1, ideally. Once construction gets started, and if everything continues as planned, Emerling said they are planning to open by No