EXCITING CHANGES AT RB HONDA!
The next phase of the new RB Honda project is happening
right now. The week of April 7, 2014 we are beginning the tear down process of
the former LaMettry's Body Shop, USA Baby, and Tires Plus facilities. We will
be building a one of it's kind 3 story Honda Dealership. That's right, 3 story! We recently decided to add rooftop parking,
and we are talking about creating a two story "Jewelry Box" to display 8 of our current Honda Models on
the 494 face of the structure. That will be the talk of the town and the Honda
world if it happens. My good friends at the Richfield Planning Commission and
City Council may get a glimpse of the renderings sometime next month. We will
need their approval to get that on the books.
Currently, our Honda Pre-owned operation is in the USA Baby building. We are right now expanding our New Car show floor in the original Honda store so we can house the Pre-owned Sales staff. This minor remodel will be completed by Thursday 3/27. Then after we close Saturday night, we will physically move everything into the new spot and be ready for business first thing Monday morning. For the next year or so, it will be one stop shopping as we will have all New Sales, Pre-owned Sales, Parts and Service in the original main Honda facility.
The all new RB Mitsubishi Dealership construction is heating up as the brutal winter subsides. That long stretch of below zero temps took it's toll on our poor construction workers and our original timeline. The Spring grand opening date looks to be closer to an early August event. A lot of planning has gone into their next generation building, including level 2 EV charging stations. We are very excited about bringing Mitsubishi over here from Bloomington to share visibility with RB Honda on the same campus.
You may have noticed our main street (Harriett Ave) being a little rough over the past half year. It's due to our agreement with the City to replace the 50 year old main water line under the full length of Harriett Ave. We had to dig up the North third of the street last fall and hoped to button back up with black top by winter, but Mother Nature was not that kind to us. We've spent a lot of energy trying to keep that as smooth as possible. Now that Spring is here, we will be having that re-covered as soon as weather and road regulations allow. Happily, as long as the temps consistently remain above freezing overnight, we will engage our portable "Car Wash" truck and start washing cars on site again. I am very confident many of you will be extremely pleased to hear that!
On behalf of my entire crew here at RB Honda, I express our deep gratitude for your patience, understanding and loyalty throughout our redevelopment. We are exuberant about our future together, including offering you: State Of The Art Capabilities, Unequaled Comfort and Convenience, World Class Customer Service and Superior Products.
I will post updates a little more frequently, so stay tuned! Feel free to re-post to pass the word. This will be most helpful information to those who frequent our store. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 612.798.8111.
Have a super day!
HERE IS A SKETCH OF THE FUTURE RB HONDA AND MITSUBISHI BUILDINGS. HURRY UP 2015!
Honda dealership opens and RB Campus is complete!
The proposed design, which still needs approval from the city of Richfield and American Honda Motor Co., would allow the dealership to prominently display four cars on the second floor and four more on the third floor. The latest plan also adds service parking on the roof for as many as 130 cars.
"It's going to be very unique to the Honda system and to the community," RB Honda General Manager Tim Carter said.
Most of the other Honda dealerships in the Twin Cities have traditional one-story structures. BMW operates enclosed two-story facilities in Bloomington and Minnetonka, but neither has a window display like the one RB Honda plans to build.
RB Honda's plan is scheduled to go before the Richfield Planning Commission April 28 and the full City Council May 13.
RB Honda, which is owned by Indianapolis-based Tom Wood Automotive Group, announced last spring that it planned to build a new, 107,400-square-foot dealership that will be roughly quadruple the size of its existing store at 400 W. 78th St. The original design called for only a four-car display on the second floor and no rooftop parking.
The new store will be built on an adjacent site, where RB Honda bought a trio of buildings formerly occupied by LaMettry's Auto Body, USA Baby and Tires Plus. Demolition of those buildings will begin this spring, clearing the way for construction of the new facility to begin in summer.
Meanwhile, Tom Wood Automotive Group is building a 26,200-square-foot facility for Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi on part of the current RB Honda site. That dealership, which is relocating from a leased building at 1750 American Blvd. W., is scheduled for completion by June 20.
Carter said the updated Honda design will add another $2 million to the project, bringing the total construction costs for the new Honda and Mitsubishi stores to approximately $27 million.