Wheeling Subaru Breaks Ground on Expansion
WHEELING — Building on its reputation for service and commitment to its customers, Wheeling Volkswagen Subaru dealership owners have begun an expansion project at the U.S. 40 site near Elm Grove.
On Friday, David Weaver, owner and president of the longtime dealership, and his wife, Beth, formally broke ground on the project that will include a larger service department, a new service center, a renovated customer lounge and a new sales area. The Weavers have owned the dealership for the past 31 years, and the business has been operating at the same location since the 1960s.
The new building will operate solely as a Subaru service center and showroom, officials said. The existing building and service area will be assigned specifically to the Volkswagen brand. Upon completion of the building, the dealership will renovate the existing Volkswagen building.
“We are striving to be the number one dealership for customer service, and this expansion will help us meet the increased demand for America’s top line of all-wheel drive vehicles,” Weaver said.
The new building will be constructed adjacent to the existing dealership. The service area, which currently exists as an open space, will become enclosed, and will connect the two buildings. Vehicles will be able to be driven in and go to either the Volkswagen side, or the Subaru side.
Savage Construction is doing site preparation work, while United Electric and the Waller Corp., of Washington, Pa., are involved in the construction of the building. The new building will double the size of the business, officials said.
The project is expected to be finished later this year, barring any weather setbacks. The dealership will remain open during construction. The area has been fenced off since January in order to help map out the layout of the new expansion.
“This takes care of (the dealership’s) needs through the decade,” said spokesman Milt Gutman.
Weaver said the expansion will bring in more business in addition to enhancing the experience of current customers. “This expansion will allow us to be poised to accommodate the market’s increased demand for Subaru,” Weaver said.