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Renier Plans for Groundbreaking on Innovative Honda Dealership

Honda dealership plans 'jewelry box' display along 494 in Richfield, Minnesota

Richfield Bloomington Honda wants to build a three-story dealership with a "jewelry box" display that would be visible from Interstate 494.

The proposed design, which still needs approval from the city of Richfield and American Honda Motor Co., would allow the dealership to prominently display four cars on the second floor and four more on the third floor. The latest plan also adds service parking on the roof for as many as 130 cars.

"It's going to be very unique to the Honda system and to the community," RB Honda General Manager Tim Carter said.

Most of the other Honda dealerships in the Twin Cities have traditional one-story structures. BMW operates enclosed two-story facilities in Bloomington and Minnetonka, but neither has a window display like the one RB Honda plans to build.

RB Honda's plan is scheduled to go before the Richfield Planning Commission April 28 and the full City Council May 13.

RB Honda, which is owned by Indianapolis-based Tom Wood Automotive Group, announced last spring that it planned to build a new, 107,400-square-foot dealership that will be roughly quadruple the size of its existing store at 400 W. 78th St. The original design called for only a four-car display on the second floor and no rooftop parking.

The new store will be built on an adjacent site, where RB Honda bought a trio of buildings formerly occupied by LaMettry's Auto Body, USA Baby and Tires Plus. Demolition of those buildings will begin this spring, clearing the way for construction of the new facility to begin in summer.

Meanwhile, Tom Wood Automotive Group is building a 26,200-square-foot facility for Richfield Bloomington Mitsubishi on part of the current RB Honda site. That dealership, which is relocating from a leased building at 1750 American Blvd. W., is scheduled for completion by June 20.

Carter said the updated Honda design will add another $2 million to the project, bringing the total construction costs for the new Honda and Mitsubishi stores to approximately $27 million.

Architectural Alliance designed the new stores and Reiner Construction Corp. will build them. Both companies are based in Columbus, Ohio.

John Vomhof Jr.

Staff reporter/broadcaster-Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Renier Plans for Groundbreaking on Innovative Honda Dealership
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