Detailing Center Latest Addition in Poughkeepsie Car Dealership Expansion
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A new detailing center at Friendly Honda is the latest addition to the property at 1143 Dutchess Turnpike (Route) 44 in the Town of Poughkeepsie; another step in the auto group’s expansion in the region.
Eric Kahn, owner of Friendly Honda said that the old detailing center on site was very “tired, inefficient and unattractive,” and smaller and more difficult to work in. That building has since been demolished and a brand new bigger facility now sits on the property. Kahn, along with his employees and members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC) celebrated the new detail center opening on Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting.
“This new building has many more service bays than the last one we had which will allow our staff to be more efficient,” Kahn said. “It’s much brighter and provides a more pleasant environment for our staff. What’s really cool and unique is a state-of-the-art photo booth for motor vehicles in the center of the building, which we use to photograph all of our used cars to put on the Internet.”
General Manager Dominick DiCapua said that the new detailing center will allow the business to incorporate a polishing machine and open up for public detailing. A free car wash will also be offered to all customers who get their vehicles worked on. DiCapua said that the old detail center was not designed as a place to take care of cars inside, adding that the business had to stockpile cars to get them in an out of it.
“Our employees will have easier access to the cars now,” DiCapua said. “Anytime there is growth like this we look to within to fill new roles. This is a great opportunity for employees to grow within the company.”
The new detail center continues the expansion of the business. Kahn, who purchased the Honda dealership in 2007, said that the company recently opened Friendly Ford at 2250 South Road (Route 9) and is currently in the planning stages of opening up a Volkswagen dealership across the Hudson River in Newburgh, which has a targeted opening date of Jan. 1, 2015.
“We’ve had a great year and it’s exciting to be able to open another dealership,” Kahn said. “Business has been strong. The Friendly brand is growing and we are able to offer more choices to our customers and also more opportunities for our employees.”
With the acquisition of the Ford dealership, Kahn said that he employs 150 people. He is anticipating adding another 50 employees when the Volkswagen dealership opens up.
“One of the beauties of the car business is that the average wage or compensation is much higher than in other types of retail jobs,” Kahn said. “We think that we are one of the best opportunities locally for people to find jobs at. We have a very loyal customer base and an excellent reputation and have become a destination point for car buyers in the area.”