Heavy equipment is keeping this project on the fast track. Crews are preparing the footprint for Future Ford's new 42,000 square foot dealership on Shaw avenue near freeway 168.
The company is digging in for the long run. Owner Steve Pleau was joined by Clovis city officials for the groundbreaking. Pleau explained, "The more we looked at this facility, it's over 50 years old, we said the best thing to do would be to take it down and just start from scratch."
On December 16th, 2011 a Future Ford service building caught fire when gas being drained from a fuel tank ignited. 14 cars were destroyed in the fire which caused $1.5 million dollars damage.
Future ford was able to quickly rise from the ashes. Now comes a major renovation. Pleau said, "That never slowed us down. We never anticipated that we were gonna close or doing anything like that. This market has been wonderful to us."
A state of the art full service center with the latest technology will replace the parts department and service bays.
The bay space will remain but everything else will be torn down once the new facility is complete. Clovis mayor pro-tem Nathan Magsig said, "Of course when I hear about construction like this it means jobs here in the city of Clovis. This is a great win for the city."
The expansion will give future ford much more space out front. Much of their inventory will no longer be hidden. Steve Pleau expects the new facility to open before the end of the year.