TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 12, Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, and several company executives, joined Calgary City Councillor Jim Stevenson, Jim McManes, President, Mike McManes, General Manager and Rick Bowie, Vice President of Real Estate of McManes Automotive to break ground at the site of the future landmark dealership in Northeast Calgary.
A 7.8 acre site on Stonehill Drive NE conveniently located in the heart of a recently expanded area of Calgary will soon become the future home of Mercedes-Benz Country Hills.
Scheduled to be fully operational early in 2017, the 94,500 square feet dealership will incorporate spacious new and pre-owned vehicle showrooms. Approximately 50,000 square feet have been earmarked for the service area, and will include 30 state-of-the-art work bays. In addition, the dealership was carefully and purposefully designed to take into account the extreme climatic conditions found in Calgary. To further enhance the in-store customer experience, the new dealership will also offer amenities such as a full service deli style restaurant and a hair and nail salon.
The overall layout of the entire facility will follow the Auto Haus facility design standard, which features extensive use of glass to promote transparency throughout the building. This exterior façade will also feature the new and very attractive Mercedes-Benz retail corporate identity where prominent black components are stylishly coupled with accents of bright silver, reminiscent of the three-pointed star.
"The City of Calgary has experienced exponential growth over the course of the past few decades and the future continues to augur well for the Stampede City. By introducing a retail point in a newly minted neighbourhood, Mercedes-Benz wanted to keep a timely and opportune pace with the city's significant urban sprawl by providing even further customer convenience in this very important Calgary market.", said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "I am delighted to officially welcome Jim McManes to the Mercedes-Benz family. Mr. McManes and his team have clearly demonstrated their understanding and commitments to our overall objectives and their vision is undoubtedly poised for future growth."
From his side, Mr. McManes added, "In keeping with the spirit of the pioneering West, we are thrilled to expand the reach of the brand that invented the automobile. We are committed to building a business with the mission of serving existing and future customers all the while providing a compelling ownership experience. We are confident that the know-how we have gained from managing multiple retail operations will greatly contribute to the continued success of Mercedes-Benz in Calgary."
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the Mercedes-Benz and AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,500 people in 23 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 13 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 44 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 40,555 vehicles in 2014. This represents the best year ever for the company and has positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada.
Further information from Mercedes-Benz is available on the internet at: www.media.mercedes-benz.ca
SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
Image with caption: "Mercedes-Benz Country Hills broke ground on its future home in Calgary on September 12, 2015. From left to right: Mike McManes, General Manager – McManes Automotive; Jim McManes, President – McManes Automotive; Jim Stevenson, Calgary City Council; Tim Reuss, President and CEO – Mercedes-Benz Canada; Rick Bowie, Vice-President Real Estate – McManes Automotive; Paul Gilroy, Director of Process Development – Mercedes-Benz Canada; Stefan Karrenbauer, President & CEO –Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada; Ryan Alexander, Dealer Relations Manager –Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada. (CNW Group/Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150914_C6016_PHOTO_EN_496561.jpg