The existing Hyundai dealership on 50 Avenue south is relocating to a site at the northeast corner of 39 Ave. fronting Highway 16. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
The planned relocation of Lloydminster’s Hyundai dealership to a site at the northeast corner of 39 Avenue fronting Highway 16 is just a formality or two away from being shovel ready.
That day can’t come soon enough for the Landsperg Automotive Group that owns the dealership and needs more room for local sales and service.
“We wanted to have some more space to be able to better serve our customers and provide a better experience,” explained Jesse Grove, chief financial officer of the company based in Red Deer.
“This site will have great road access and better exposure.”
He noted traffic flow will be a big advantage, along with being near the Lloydminster casino and the Sawmill Restaurant on the west side of 39 Ave.
The dealership hopes to be move-in ready this fall selling Hyundai vehicles in what has been a good market for them in the Border City.
“Lloydminster has been a great city for us and full of great people so we are very excited to have a bigger platform to demonstrate the quality and value of Hyundai vehicles,” said Grove.
The current dealership is located at 2250 50 Ave. in a leased building the company will turn back to the Ulmer Group when the relocation takes place.
In the meantime, a public hearing will be held during the next council meeting at City Hall on March 12 at 2 p.m. prior to the expected passage of a bylaw to redistrict the full lot from Light Industrial to Highway Corridor Commercial or C2.
First reading of the redistricting bylaw was granted by council on Feb. 26 with the business only needing to develop the western portion of its approximate 3.5 acre lot for the dealership.
Redistricting was never a requirement for the development permit issued in December, but the company wants the option to subdivide and sell the undeveloped lot for a future C2 business.
The intent of the redistricting is to provide a wider variety of commercial development options to enhance highway corridor.
Groves says he has some ideas for the east lot, but he’s open to suggestions from residents.
“At this point we are thinking of possibly a hotel or other dealerships, but we would love to know what the people of Lloydminster would be interested in going there,” he said.
As for the decision to buy that particular lot from the city on Nov. 6 , 2017, Grove said land was fairly limited in Lloydminster with good street frontage.
During the Governance and Priorities Committee on Feb. 20, Coun. Ken Baker said the mission of redistricting is to maximize the use of the property because it is very expensive.
“People want to get a return on investment,” he said.
The Landsperg Automotive Group has hired a local construction general contractor and engineer to complete the building that will generate additional economic spinoffs.
“They will be hiring local sub trades, which will add jobs to the economy for the construction term,” said Groves.
“With the bigger building we will also be able to expand our team and add a few more full time jobs.”
Landsperg Automotive Group headed by Les Landsperg has about 11 dealerships and related sales outlets in B.C. and Alberta and the Yukon.