Expansion project under way at Lynn dealerships

November 18, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - All that construction going on at one of the Waynesboro area's largest auto dealership means only one thing - better customer service, its owner Lynn Hershberger said this week.

Hershberger, owner of Lynn Chevrolet Buick Pontiac Cadillac and GMC at 1035 E. Main St., said when renovations are finished next spring, the dealership will increase its showroom space from four to seven vehicles.

More importantly, he said, customers will be able to drive into the service area to drop off their vehicles. Now they have to park outside and walk to the service area, often in bad weather.


A new customer reception lounge and waiting area also will be added.

Hours in the service department will be increased to accommodate the dealership's growing business, Hershberger said. "It's cheaper to add hours than build more bays," he said.

The number of sales stations in the showroom will double to eight.

Lynn has 37 full-time employees and eight part-time drivers.

Hershberger also plans to increase the used car inventory.

All of the blacktop will be resurfaced and new lights will be installed.

The dealership is renting parking space across the street during construction. "We're still doing business every day even with the construction," he said.

Hershberger declined to say how much of an investment he is putting into his business.

In 1976, he was the service manager for Roberts Chevrolet on South Potomac Street when the owner decided to go out of business. Hershberger picked up the franchise at the suggestion of General Motors officials, who offered their assistance, he said.

He said he bought the Brown's Buick franchise when that South Potomac Street dealership closed at around the same time.

"In hindsight, it was a good move," Hershberger said.

He ran the new business on a rented lot on the corner of Virginia Avenue and Main Street for the first year. He and General Motors officials got together and decided to build a new dealership in the current location in 1977, he said.

In 1994, Hershberger bought out two other local General Motors dealerships - Brake Pontiac Cadillac on South Potomac Street in April and Snowberger Oldsmobile GMC in September.

He moved the Oldsmobile line to the East Main Street dealership and the GMC truck line went to Brake on South Potomac Street. In 2001, he closed the Brake facility and consolidated everything at the main dealership on East Main Street.

"Since we moved them all together we've been running out of room," Hershberger said.

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