Green Hyundai building a new store on Stanford Avenue in Springfield, IL

Green family stores plans a new hyundai dealership on Stanford Avenue, adding a new centralized store to accompany its current facility on Dirksen Parkway.

Work is set to begin May 10 on the new 30,000-square-foot facility, which should be equipped with everything needed to support new electric vehicles in the works for Hyundai in the coming years. Green’s president, Todd Green, said the new store is a prototype for the brand’s new dealerships and will be one of five to test its new format.

“Hyundai came to us about a year ago (and) said, ‘We’re going out with a new dealer,'” Green said. “We’ve been going back and forth with them out of California because the architects there are used to building things in California where it’s hot and where it’s cold. We’ve been working with them for the last year and we agreed on a template.”

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The current facility on Dirksen Parkway will remain open as a service center and used vehicle dealership. It came under the Green umbrella in 1985 after purchasing the facility from Howard Hembrough. It was a Volkswagen-Porsche-Audi dealership when it was originally purchased before adding Hyundai vehicles to the mix in 1990.

Green said the new site suited them well because it was in the center of town, in a good location to access people from all over the city and region.

“The reason Hyundai and we agreed on this location is (that) it’s literally in the middle of town between east and west,” Green said. “We thought it was a good place to put it next to D’Arcy’s Pint.”

The Green Hyundai dealership at 1200 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, on Tuesday.  Thomas J. Turney/The State Journal-Register]

While the move is likely to bring a whole new shine to the famed central Illinois dealership brand, Green said the store will continue to attract people interested in Hyundai and other similar brands, while finding room for the wave to come. of electric vehicles.

“They appeal to the person looking for that level of car,” Green said. “It will be much more electric – it will be equipped for electric service.”

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Green Hyundai managing director Mike Quimby said the new store would offer greater service capacity in a state-of-the-art condition and be easier for people to get to, due to its centralized location.

“It’s easier for people all over town to get in and get their car serviced,” Quimby said. “Everything will be new. It will be state-of-the-art from the ground up. It’s built entirely to Hyundai factory specifications and it will look stunning, trust me.”

Quimby has been part of the green team since 1986 and has been looking forward to a new Hyundai store for years. Even with that in the pipeline, he still wants to remind people of the continued service at Dirksen Parkway for those on the east end of town.

“It’s our home here on the east side,” Quimby said. “We don’t want to shut it down because there are so many people coming here from Taylorville and the surrounding area. We want to take care of them and be able to service the West Side at the same time.”

Green Hyundai salesman Daniel Boehme talks Tuesday with car-buying Paulie Ray of Girard, center, and his sister, Kathy Erley of Springfield, at the dealership at 1200 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.  Thomas J. Turney/The State Journal-Register]

More importantly, the store will provide a great economic boost to the community, with the creation of 60 to 70 new jobs, as well as the broader tax base that will come with it.

“(The site) was basically farmland, so we’ll pay extra tax,” Green said. “(We’re) going to employ 60 new employees and spend more money on in-market advertising. That’s a win – all of Springfield gets additional revenue.”

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