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Fitzpatrick Auto beginning major expansion this fall

Friday, August 10, 2012

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In the next two to three weeks, Fitzpatrick Auto customers will be noticing significant changes underway at the 53-year old car dealership on Lake Avenue.

Plans detail a total addition of 1,700 square feet. The southern end of the current showroom will be enlarged, and the north end of the building will be enclosed in order to add an indoor delivery space for new cars.

Insulation and metal siding will cover the entire outside of the building, and in the service area, windows will be removed and a ceiling, insulation and air conditioning will be added.

Indoors, offices will be remodeled, with some relocated, and a customer lounge, complete with comfortable seating, TVs, Wi-Fi and snacks, will be added.

Co-owner and president Tom Fitzpatrick said the dealership is undergoing the project to become more eco-friendly while providing comfortable spaces for customers

During the height of construction, sales will take place at Fitzpatrick's truck center, but Fitzpatrick noted customers will stay informed of changes through advertising.

While the service drive will remain for customer convenience, he noted customers can always call for free pick-up and delivery.

"We're hoping our customers will be patient with us during the construction phase," Fitzpatrick said.

The Chevy, Buick and GMC dealership began in 1959 with a 10,000 square foot building, with additions occurring approximately every 10 years.

In 1970, a combination medium duty truck and body shop was added; in 1980, a completely new body shop was constructed after outgrowing previous quarters; in 1990, a showroom and second-floor parts department was built on and in 2004, a three-bay quick lube began operation, increasing total square feet by approximately 20,000.