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Antrim Way Honda opens new facilities

36,000 square feet include a cafe, shopping area, showroom, putting green and walking track

36,000 square feet include a cafe, shopping area, showroom, putting green and walking track

January 25, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. ? After 13 months of construction, Antrim Way Honda in Greencastle officially celebrated the opening of 36,000 square feet of new facilities Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new facilities, which include a cafe, shopping area, showroom, service area, children's play area, retail parts store, office space, delivery center, putting green and walking track, opened Jan. 7, according to Cherie Weaver, marketing director for Antrim Way Honda.

"We were very much out of space," Jess Green, customer relations manager at Antrim Way Honda, said as to why the dealership needed the new facilities. "The repair shop is three times the size of the old shop."

Green said the preowned car lot has been expanded and the showroom is probably 10 times bigger than the previous one. The service area now has 18 bays to hold vehicles, while the previous one had 10, according to Weaver.

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While the $3.9 million facilities were under construction, the dealership operated out of its facility at 224 S. Antrim Way. The new facilities are at 220 S. Antrim Way.

Amenities designed to make customers more comfortable

The cafe and other amenities, like the child's play area, were designed to make the car experience better for the dealership's customers, Green said.

"We wanted to give customers a reason to come other than for buying a car," said Greg Weaver, dealer principle of Antrim Way Honda. "We wanted to give customers a unique atmosphere."

The waiting room has all-leather seats, at the request of the customers, to make the area as comfortable as possible, Cherie Weaver said.

Greg Weaver described the finished facilities as "a dream come true" and "a vision to set ourselves apart from any other car shop."

"I never realized this would happen years ago," Warren "Puff" Weaver said.

"Hopefully, it means we will continue to grow in the community (and) hopefully, we'll be here to serve the community," Cherie Weaver said. "We love Greencastle."

Three generations of family have worked at dealership

Three generations of the Weaver family have worked at Antrim Way Honda. "Puff" Weaver, Greg Weaver's grandfather, opened a small used-car lot in 1955, which became what Antrim Way Honda is today, according to Cherie Weaver. The company became a Honda franchise in 1974; Greg's father, Steve Weaver, began working there after high school; and Greg started in 1984. Since 1995, Greg has been dealer principle.

"You're not going to find anything like this in most places," Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Gour said. "It brightens up an already colorful community."

"I think it's wonderful, it's lovely," Franklin County Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski said. "(It's) an environment conducive to comfort."

About 200 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to see the new facilities, listen to jazz music by the Howard Burns Trio of Hagerstown and enjoy food and drink catered by A Matter of Taste Cakes and Catering of Chambersburg, Pa.

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