By Jim Davis HBJ Editor
MARYSVILLE — Roy Robinson Chevrolet-Subaru has sold the two brands of vehicles under the same roof since 1982.
This week, the dealership will open a new 40,000-square-foot showroom and service facility devoted to the Subaru brand just a short drive from the old lot.
“Our customer base has grown big enough and Subaru’s sales have grown enough that it just makes sense to do it,” said Mark King, general manager of the dealership.
As one of example of the high demand, the dealership has 75 Subaru loaner cars for the service department and almost all of them are in use at all times, King said.
The new building will mean a shorter wait time for customers who are getting their Subarus serviced or buying a new car, said Gordon Bjorg Jr., dealer-principal for Roy Robinson.
And the sales staff at the new building will be focused on the Subaru brand.
“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Bjorg said. “We’re excited to help our customers and create a better experience for them.”
The new showroom located at 6001 33rd Ave. NE, Marysville will open this Saturday. It’s the only Subaru dealership in Snohomish County.
Roy Robinson plans to host a barbecue and celebration from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The barbecue will begin around lunch and giveaways will include gear from Subaru, a couple of $500 travel vouchers and an inflateable boat.
The new building features a large customer lounge, a parts department including a place to purchase Subaru gifts and 15 new service bays. The lot has space for 450 cars.
“Come celebrate with us,” King said. “Come and enjoy it. Once you go through it, you’re pretty much in awe.”
The old lot at 6616 35th Ave. NE will continue to be operated and will focus on Chevrolets. And Roy Robinson will continue to run its RV dealership across lot.
The older lot is scheduled to undergo a renovation. Still, most of the sales staff wanted to move to the new dealership.
“Who doesn’t want to move into a new home?” King asked, adding that he’ll have a new office at the new lot, but will be splitting his time between the two locations.
Several dealerships in Snohomish County have undergone renovations in the past couple of years. Rodland Toyota-Scion just finished a $4 million, two-year renovation of its dealership in Everett. Marysville Ford just broke ground on their new dealership along in north Marysville, south of the Medallion Hotel.
Honda of Marysville opened in the same area earlier this year.