CALGARY, Alta. — Building for future growth and banking on a recovering economy, McManes Automotive Group has opened South Trail Hyundai in Calgary. It’s the first in Canada to be built from the ground up entirely to Hyundai’s Global Dealership Space Identity, a unified theme that will eventually be used in all dealers worldwide, and covers a massive 47,500 square feet (4,412 sq-m).
“We’ll be a volume store and we’re willing to invest now to be ready for the future,” said Mike McManes, vice-president of McManes Automotive Group. “We have a better feel for this year. It won’t be what it was two years ago, but January and February were better for us than last year, and now that spring’s here, things will open up.”
The Group’s dealerships span eight brands across four provinces, but this is its first Hyundai store. “Hyundai has some great products today and great stuff coming in the future, and if you build the products, customers will come,” McManes said, adding that the company is in discussion about a possible Genesis store as well.
The dealership is the third in McManes Group’s South Trail Auto Mall, alongside its Kia and Chrysler stores. The group is working to fill the mall’s final two spots.
“We have synergies among our executive team and can share some of our processes and strategies among all our stores,” McManes said. “It’s tough to do that in one store, but having a key group of people that can share the cost among a number of stores is huge.”