[Barrie, Ontario] – Lexus of Barrie broke ground today on a new, $7 million dollar state-of-the-art dealership that will open its doors at 281 Mapleview Drive West. With a 22,000 square foot facility, Lexus of Barrie is expected to employ 30 associates when it opens to the public in spring 2010, and will be committed to providing guests with the full Lexus experience in new vehicle sales, Lexus Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales, as well as parts and service operations.
 
A groundbreaking ceremony took place today to celebrate the arrival of Lexus of Barrie.  Representatives from Lexus and the City of Barrie, including Mayor David Aspden, were in attendance.  More details on the grand opening gala will be shared closer to the official opening in spring 2010.
 
The new dealership will offer its guests a 12-vehicle showroom, a unique indoor delivery area for new owners, 10 mechanical bays and an interior drive-thru for added convenience, plus a luxurious leather and wood guest lounge.  Innovative and energy-efficient lighting design and an indoor air quality control system will further enhance the customer experience at Lexus of Barrie.
 
“For over 20 years, we have been living and working in the area, and we’re proud to introduce our neighbours in Barrie to Lexus,” says John Chapman, Dealer Principal of the new Lexus dealership. “Community is very important to us and we look forward to joining the family of Canadian Lexus dealers who are creating more special moments for their guests.  Our staff will offer friendly service and expert advice, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our well-appointed new dealership.”
 
Lexus of Barrie will offer a wide selection of Lexus vehicles and exceptional customer service. Its service department will feature factory-trained technicians and Lexus of Barrie will have friendly, knowledgeable associates to help guests choose the best vehicle for them, whether shopping for a brand new Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan or the advanced Lexus RX 350 SUV, crafted in Cambridge, Ontario at the world’s only Lexus manufacturing facility located outside of Japan, Lexus of Barrie will provide the highest level of personalized, quality service.
 
About Lexus of Barrie
As members of Canada’s leading automotive team, Lexus of Barrie’s Dealer Principal, John Chapman, and Vice-Prinicipal, Gill Savinder, are part of a strong network of independent Toyota and Lexus dealers.  Their existing dealerships, Newmarket Toyota (opened in 2000) and Aurora Toyota (opened in 1991) have been proudly serving customers in their respective communities for years. Today, the two dealerships employ a total of 90 staff and actively support community programs such as the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket and the sponsorship of local sports teams.
 
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For more information, please contact:
 
John Chapman
Dealer Principal, Lexus of Barrie
905-727-1948
chapman1610@gmail.com