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Ken Evans relocating near the Cowichan Commons as Flagship Ford
The countdown is on for Ken Evans Ford.
A clock inside the dealership is counting down the days, minutes and seconds before it sets up shop as Flagship Ford in a new location near the Cowichan Commons. The target date for opening is Nov. 1.
"New location, new name, same great team,'' said Ken Evans owner-president Vic Scudder.
The Scudder family kept the Ken Evans name intact for 10 years after taking over the dealership.
"Ken built the place. It was his dream,'' said Vic Scudder.
But now it's the Scudders' realization of a dream with the pending opening of the new building. it's been a relatively quick process actually, since the groundbreaking at the end of February, with light now at the end of the tunnel.
Paving in front of the new building was just completed last week.
"We're going from 13,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet,'' said Vic. "We're going from nine service bays to 15, which will also offer five no-appointment necessary quick lanes.''
Scudder said the relocation of his dealership basically creates an auto mall situation, with Peter Baljet, Metro Toyota and Discovery Honda dealerships all in the vicinity.
"So it's easier and more convenient for the customer,'' said general sales manager Bernadette Scudder. "We're all in one place now.
"If you're servicing your vehicle, there's just so much more convenience. We wanted to make sure we made life as easy as possible for our customers.''
Vic said a move has been three years in the making, including seeking a suitable location.
Now that it's close, "It's really exciting,'' said Bernadette.
Vic Scudder said the new location will even offer an electric-vehicle plug-in station among many amenities.
"I think customers are just going to be really surprised,'' said Bernadette. "It's really based on the customer experience. It's a real comfortable environment.''
Part of the hype surrounding the new location will be the chance to win a 1949 Ford convertible. It's currently on display at the Trans-Canada Highway location.
"it's an original from the factory, completely restored,'' said Vic. "It runs like a clock.''