A Richland auto dealership is planning to build a new 10,000-square-foot Audi center.
Town & Country acquired the space for Audi Tri-Cities in April 2017 and plans for the new facility to be fully operational by summer 2019.
The new location will be right off of Interstate 182 at 1177 Aaron Drive.
The $3.5 million facility will feature floor-to-ceiling glass, aluminum and tile all enhanced by the latest in LED lighting.
Laid out in a very minimalist German style, it will pair beautifully with the cars Audi engineers, according to a news release from Town & Country.
This special-use facility has been a collaborative effort of Audi of America, Wave Design Group of Kennewick, and Town & Country’s design teams and will be a great example of form and function working together, according to the company.
MH Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor.
During construction, Audi Tri-Cities will continue to operate out of a temporary facility.
The Audi Tri-Cities store is family-owned and co-owner Christopher Martinez lives in the Tri-City area.
“This will be the first ground-up, brand-new facility in T&C’s 33-year history and I’m excited to watch it develop over time,” said Martinez in a news release. “We have always been very particular on the quality of our facilities and we are proud to offer our clients a brand-new facility with the latest technology in the industry. Our clients will soon enjoy the same level of comfort with the latest design that Audi currently offers in their facilities with our T&C flavor that offers a transparent buying experience for all.”
In the U.S., Audi is one of the fastest growing brands and has achieved records sales for 91 consecutive months, according to the release.
Earlier this year in the Northwest, Audi assumed the No. 1 luxury brand status, selling more units than any of its luxury competitors in this market, the release said.
Town & Country has experienced substantial growth since opening the temporary Audi facility in Richland in 2017 and it expects additional growth after moving into the new space, the release said.
Since taking the helm of an under-producing Chrysler-Plymouth dealership on Portland’s McLoughlin Boulevard in 1985, Town & Country founder and CEO Ralph Martinez has focused on providing the industry’s best customer service and delivering top performance.
With its recent expansion into Washington, Town & Country continues to bring unmatched service and quality to a new market. Today, T&C is more determined than ever to serve its core market, streamline operations and enhance efficiencies. It continues to differentiate itself by achieving its mission of caring for its employees and customers, the release said.
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