December 23, 2012

New McBride Chevrolet dealership opens

PLATTSBURGH — Work is nearing completion on the new Bill McBride Chevrolet dealership in the City of Plattsburgh.

Brian McBride, who owns the business with his brother, Bill McBride Jr., said the original building was built in 1962.

”We felt it was time for a complete renovation,” he said.

Employment has increased

The sales department was relocated to the McBride Subaru dealership next door during the construction, and was in the process of moving back the week before Christmas.

The showroom features an open floor plan. It is well lit, with tile floors and huge expanses of windows for additional light.

From the time they opened the new Subaru dealership in 2010, the number of employees at both businesses has increased from 34 to 52.

General Motors sent a representative from a Detroit-based architectural design firm to Plattsburgh in November 2011. That firm provided a design for the contractors to follow.

McBride said Conroy and Conroy was the general contractor. 

”We insisted all the subcontractors and suppliers were local,” he said.

That list includes Robert M. Sutherland, Luck Builders, Pavers and Patios, Plattsburgh Quarries, Aird Dorrance, Concrete Building Supply, Gary Cassavaugh, North Country Garage Doors, Adams Glass, Hartson Total Openings, CEI Composites, Pattison Signs, Johnson Protective Coatings, We’re Tops, Curtis Lumber, Sample Lumber, Cabinet Gallery, MDM Tile, Lee Appliance, Lockrow’s, Total Tool, Lake Champlain Roofing, Frank Dashnaw, Bob’s Instant Plumbing, E.T. Harris, Ace Electric, Prime Link and Dave Dominy.

The entire dealership is ADA compliant, with lower shelves in each department and all accesses flush with the ground.

Convenience emphasized

The conference room doubles as an employee break room, with stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, flats-creen TV and whiteboard.

There are three check-in stations in the drive-in service area so patrons don’t have to step outside in inclement weather. The vehicles then move to the 11-bay service area.

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