ARNOLD—A ribbon cutting was celebrated on Friday to welcome Sandhills Motors to Arnold. At the end of October, Thomas McCaslin, Michael McCaslin, and Chad Garcia took over as co-owners. The business was formerly Forrester’s Dodge.
The building, which is nearly 100 years old, has been renovated to better suit the needs of customers. Co-owner Chad Garcia said new utilities and HVAC were added, the ceiling and walls were painted, paneling was removed, and offices were added. He said 90% of building materials were purchased locally.
“It’s been a journey. We tried to keep everything local–as local as we could–as far as supply and subcontractors. Myself and a friend of mine, Matt Garrells from Eddyville, did most of the construction work in here,” Garcia said.
School House Graphics produced a sign that hangs above the door inside the building. The space has housed a number of businesses over the years including a mortuary and hardware store. Nowadays, the auto dealership is family friendly and includes a living room area with a homey and inviting feel, couches, fridge, and TV. Garcia said the owners hope to provide a “relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere” for those in the market of a new vehicle.
Sandhills Motors is a Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram dealership and the company saw approximately 400 people at the April 28 grand opening. Arnold Economic Development hosted the ribbon cutting and also welcomed District #36 Senator Matt Williams and Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley to the event.
“It’s pretty cool you know, it’s nice to see that your investment’s paying off and people appreciate what you’ve done in the community,” Garcia said. “I encourage people to come down and check us out, you know, give us a shot.”