CALGARY — Building for future growth and banking on a recovering economy, McManes Automotive Group has opened South Trail Hyundai in Calgary. It’s the first store 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 dealerships worldwide.
It covers 47,500 expansive square feet (4,400 square metres) of floor space.
“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,” McManes said, referencing stressful economic times in the wake of the global crash in oil prices. “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 the customers will come,” McManes said, adding that the company is discussing a possible Genesis store as well.