Launceston residents might recognise the building’s facade, but come September 10 they certainly won’t recognise the interior.
About one year after purchasing the Galvin Street site, Buckby Motors’ new service and parts centre will open it’s doors for the first time next Wednesday.
Ben Newman, Buckby Motors’ general manager, hopes the $4 million-plus expansion will complete an investment back into the local community.
“Lots of locals would know the building and be glad to see it used by a locally owned, 100 per cent Tasmanian business.”
The opening will mark a significant expansion of the company’s ability to service a growing customer base, now spanning nine franchises and car makers – with another franchise on the way.
A round of jobs is also set to be advertised, with up to five new positions opening alongside the new centre.
It completes the customer-facing puzzle.Ben Newman, Buckby Motors' general manager
Located on the corner of Cimitiere and St John streets, Buckby Motors’ main service centre to-date has served them well says marketing and events manager Kim Carlton.
But, with only six car parks and a schedule that includes 50 to 60 services a day, the expansion was inevitable.
“It’s such a small area and we’ve grown so much,” she said.
Housed within the new centre will be 20 servicing bays, undercover parking for 35 customers, and about three-times the parts-storage capacity, according to compliance manager Tim Kulhanek.
Another 40 customer car parks will also be available outside.
While they wait, customers will also have access to a lounge, Wi-Fi bar, and tea and coffee facilities.
Those looking for a quiet area space to work will find one upstairs, complete with desks and computers.
“It completes the customer-facing puzzle,” said Mr Newman.
The centre’s 40 staff will not miss out on comfort either.
A large recreation room, overlooking the city, will be fitted-out with ping pong and a pool table.
Originally a printing factory in the 1950s, the new Galvin Street site then housed Coles’ facilities and, later, a Target bulk delivery warehouse.
Stripping the old carpet from the reception area, the team were thrilled to find original wooden flooring, which has now been restored.
“It’s great to see an old property dormant for four to six years rehabilitated again,” Mr Newman said.
“Thousands of people would have been through or worked here over the years.”
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