LACHINE, QUE. – Group Spinelli broke ground this week for what is to become the new address and ultra-modern new home of Spinelli Lexus.
The new 30,000 square foot building will be built on a 135,000 square foot lot and cost more than $10 million. It is expected to open next January.
In its new premises, meant to better serve the downtown-west clientele, Lexus Spinelli will be the first dealership in Canada to reserve a section for the sporty F Sport.
There will be an express repair service of less than an hour for minor maintenance jobs.
“We have always been dedicated to providing service that exceeds our customers’ expectations, and this exciting new facility is sure to do that in many different ways,” Pierre Spinelli, president/COO, said at the sod turning on July 15.
“We are excited to open the doors for all guests to receive an amazing experience.”
Customers can expect some dramatic improvements when the dealership opens in the new year.
While patrons wait, they can relax at the site’s Lexus Lounge, complete with barista service and refreshments, along with two television screens and iPads available for use.
It will even have an aquarium for visitors to enjoy.
For days with nice weather, there will be an outdoor terrace linked to the lounge, with comfortable chairs and quiet areas. People can also enjoy a lifestyle boutique.
The group says the building, which reflects the Japanese design concept of takumi (master craftsmen) – will also be at the leading edge of environmental sustainability, incorporating innovations such as a special heat recuperation system.
All lighting will be compliant with Leadership in Energy and Design standards.
Among the highlights for the new site, the service shop will house 13 bays, including two that feature express service for lube and tire work.
All service will be made much quicker by the use of newest available technologies in the shop, such as shock-wave service lifts, and the latest alignment and balancing machines.
The dealership’s new location will be just 15 minutes from downtown Montreal and 11 minutes from the Montréal Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport.
All dealership patrons will be able to enjoy free valet service to and from the airport. Their vehicles will be washed and safely stored while they are away.
“We're taking advantage of investing over half-a-million dollars in the new, cutting-edge equipment,” Spinelli explained.
“The building will be energy-efficient with a heat recovery heating and cooling system and lighting in accordance with LEED standards. The Japanese-inspired design will integrate a minimalist, takumi-style look, offering a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere to customers.”
The existing dealership dates back to 1990 and was the first Lexus store in Quebec.
By freeing up a large piece of land along the river's edge, the move is likely to clear the way for the revitalization of this area, which already shows signs of becoming a major recreation and tourist destination.
The group says it has plans to relocate at least two of its other dealerships to the Montreal-Toronto Boulevard site to demonstrate the company's commitment to the area, creating a significant automobile hub.
Group Spinelli was founded in 1922 and employs a staff of close to 500 in its car dealership network in the Montreal area.