Mercedes dealership opens today in Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- New Mercedes-Benz and pre-owned vehicles will be moved to a new dealership on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick this morning.

The Autohaus dealership opens at noon today.

The Mercedes-Benz dealership was at the Pasco Autoplex, but "we were growing out of the room that we had," said Craig Cavanaugh, McCurley Integrity Dealerships general manager.

The new facility will allow the store to carry a larger inventory, he said. The dealership is expecting to carry new Mercedes-Benz models once they are released in the next 24 months.

The company plans to double Mercedes-Benz sales and their current staff of 14 at the new dealership, Cavanaugh said.

McCurley Integrity Dealerships sold about 4,000 vehicles in 2009, and Cavanaugh said 2010 sales were similar. That includes all of the different makes offered at the company's stores.

Moving the Mercedes-Benz dealership puts it closer to the majority of the dealership's clients, Cavanaugh said. About 70 percent of the customers who purchase a Mercedes-Benz live in Benton County.

The new location also allows McCurley Integrity Dealerships to add Sprinters, which are Mercedes-Benz utility vehicles, Cavanaugh said.

Bill McCurley, president of McCurley Integrity Dealerships, invested more than $1 million in the new Mercedes-Benz dealership at the former Lithia Honda location he bought in 2009.

McCurley Integrity Dealerships already opened an expanded Honda dealership in Richland earlier this year. Cavanaugh said the former Mercedes-Benz space in the Pasco Autoplex will be remodeled for a Cadillac dealership in the coming year.

The service and parts center of the Mercedes-Benz dealership will open next week, Cavanaugh said.

The sales department at the new dealership, at 6901 W. Clearwater Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The service and parts center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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