Village Automotive plans extensive renovations in Norwood after its purchase of the Saab dealership on the Automile.
Village Automotive Group’s Norwood location will be the latest dealership on the Automile to get a makeover now that Village owner Ray Ciccolo is adding Saabs to the mix.
Ciccolo said on Monday that he plans to spend more than $1 million on renovations to the Village site at 700 Providence Highway (Route 1) now that he has purchased a Saab dealership from Central Auto Group.
The Saabs this week are joining the Hummers and Cadillacs that Village already sells at the 40,000-square-foot Norwood location, which sits on an eight-acre site. Ciccolo said his Cadillac Village of Norwood is the busiest Caddy dealership in New England.
Ciccolo said he wrapped up the purchase of the Central Saab dealership, which will be called Saab of Norwood, on Friday, and he hired many of the mechanics and salespeople from Central Auto who dealt with Saabs. Central Auto will continue to sell Chrysler brands from its location at 70 Providence Highway.
Ciccolo said he expects to complete the renovations within a year to match dealership requirements established by General Motors, which owns the Saab brand.
Ciccolo said General Motors helped Village with its purchase of Central Saab because GM is trying to consolidate the locations where its premium brands – Cadillac, Hummer and Saab – are sold. He declined to reveal the sale price, except to say it was more than $1 million.
Ciccolo, who runs six dealership sites out of the Village Automotive headquarters in Brighton, said the Automile stretch of Route 1 has been a successful address for his company in the 10 years Village has been there.
“It’s populated now by really upscale dealerships,” Ciccolo said. “Almost everybody on the Automile in the last five years have built brand-spanking new stores. ... They’re probably doing more business as a result of upgrading.”
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