Stiles and Gunther Automotive to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Gunther Kia in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale-based Stiles Construction and Stiles Architectural Group, along with Gunther Motor Company, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the all-new Gunther Kia dealership located at 1900 State Road 7 in Fort Lauderdale, on April 24 at 10 a.m. Nearly 50 tradespeople, company and construction executives, community leaders and VIPs will be on-site to celebrate.

At 425,536 square feet and with a value of approximately $16 million, this dealership will be Gunther's largest full-service facility. Expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015, Stiles will utilize a fast track construction delivery method, which has been employed to successfully complete similar dealerships. More than 100 jobs will be created through the ten-month construction period.

Situated on a 7.75 acre site, this new facility will be adjacent to an existing Gunther Collision Center. The dealership features a 50,000-square-foot showroom/service/parts area, 1,200 space inventory parking garage, 15 service bays and an 8-bay car detailing area.

"Gunther Motor Company has grown so significantly over the past decade we have had to completely rebuild with brand new facilities," said Jay Gunther. "This new state-of-the-art facility includes expanded parking with covered areas as well as a new showroom and service center to create a one-stop-shopping experience for Kia sales, service and parts. It is located next to our largest body shop in South Florida with on-site insurance adjusters and an Enterprise rental center."

Gunther Motor Company is owned and operated by the Gunther Automotive Group, one of the nation's most recognized automotive groups, which has been selling and servicing cars in South Florida since 1964. Stiles Construction and Stiles Architectural Group, divisions of Fort Lauderdale-based full-service real estate company Stiles, are designing and building the new Gunther dealership. This is Stiles' second project for Gunther Corporation.

"Stiles is pleased to have been selected for this exciting project, which will help to further establish Gunther Automotive as one of South Florida's most prominent dealers," Tim Moore, President of Stiles Construction. "With automotive sales hitting record highs, Stiles has been experiencing an exciting boom in the new construction and renovation of dealerships. Currently, we have more than one million square feet of automotive dealerships underway or in the design phase."

Stiles was a natural choice for the project, having successfully built over 100 automotive projects throughout the Southeast. In the past five years alone, Stiles Construction and Stiles Architectural Group have completed 13 automotive projects totaling two million square feet and over $95 million. These include some of the largest dealerships in North America.

 

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 1900 State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL

CONTACT: Adrienne Zalkind, 954-627-9148, adrienne.zalkind@stiles.com

 

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