MALTA — You won’t be able to buy a car there until mid-May, but the dealership taking shape along Route 67 already looks the part after months of construction.
The site at State Farm Boulevard will be the new home of Mohawk Chevrolet, currently operating out of tight quarters at Exit 9 in Clifton Park.
The 65,000-square-foot building is being constructed with a few added touches beyond selling and servicing cars, including a one-mile walking trail and rooftop event space.
Inside, there’s all the showroom and service space one could need, including 24 lifts, a carwash and two alignment racks for cars, plus a business center, kids room and sensory friendly space for customers.
The project is a joint venture of Andy Guelcher and Jeff Haraden. Guelcher was general manager at Haraden’s Mohawk Honda in Glenville, and the two partnered to buy the former Northstar Chevrolet in Clifton Park in November 2019.
Guelcher said Thursday that the project has moved along at remarkable speed, given the circumstances of 2020. Construction materials became scarce and expensive amid the pandemic, but all contracts for constructing the new dealership were signed right before the pandemic hit.
“Everything kind of lined up perfectly for us,” Guelcher said. “The timing couldn’t have been better.”
The soft opening will be in mid-May, which the punch list and move-in are still being completed. A grand opening will be in June, when the work is finally done.
Mohawk Chevrolet’s new home will be substantially larger than its current site on Clifton Park Center Road, where it is hemmed in on all sides and has too little interior space.
Guelcher said the plan is to increase sales and service to fill the new space.
“The demand is there but we just can’t handle it right now.”
He explained that the rooftop space and walking trails initially were conceived as an easy way to create amenities for customers and employees, and in the trail’s case, possibly a way to improve employee health.
They soon also made sense as a means of community engagement, he added: The rooftop could be offered to outside groups, for example, and the senior program of the Saratoga Regional YMCA, whose Malta branch sits across Route 67, already has asked to use the walking trail.