June 30, 2016

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Pat O’Brien readies state’s largest Chevrolet dealership

MEDINA TOWNSHIP – After a year of construction, Ohio’s largest Chevrolet dealership will welcome motorists to a new, state-of-the-art facility next week. Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, 3880 Pearl Road, is putting the finishing touches on a 52,000 square-foot superstore that boasts a 10,000 square-foot showroom and a 30-bay service center longer than a football field.

The store is projected to add up to 100 new jobs in the area and inject more than $5 million annually into the local economy.

“We’re very excited to be part of this vibrant community,” said Pat O’Brien, president and founder of the dealership. “I’m confident that this new store will redefine our customers’ expectations for service and value.

“And they will quickly come to know that we hold a deep respect for our customers and the communities in which we serve.”
O’Brien said the new facility represents an investment of $11 million to $12 million.

O’Brien Chevrolet opened seven years ago in Willoughby Hills. In addition to Medina Township, the company also has outlets in Vermilion, Westlake and Norwalk.

O’Brien moved into Medina County in 2007 when he bought the Gullucci Chevrolet dealership. Last year, the old showroom was razed to make room for the new facility.

The dealership remained open, serving customers out of the service garage and a temporary sales trailer.

The new service center feature sheated floors, sidewalks and aprons to prevent ice and snow build-up and a high-speed oil change lane, along with free wireless Internet access, a laser car wash and full detail service.

O’Brien is also proud of a second-floor “community center” space that can seat and serve up to 200 people.

“It will be available for any civic group that wants to use it,” O’Brien said.

The facility, built by Star Construction of Amherst, is designed to be one of the most energy-efficient dealerships in the country.

Three certified Green Energy furnaces will burn used motor oil from the quick-lube for supplemental heating.

LED lighting is incorporated throughout the complex and 18 skylights provide natural light that reduces energy consumption. Retention basins and filters mitigate surface rainwater runoff and recycled steel and concrete provided the foundation for the entire property.

The original building sat on six acres of usable space. Now the 14-acre lot has a new car lot that once was a pond and swamp.
O’Brien said his vehicle inventory has roughly quadrupled to more than 1,000 new and used vehicles.

“We are extremely proud of all the benefits this store will provide, both for our customers and for the environment,” O’Brien said.

He said his dealerships try to make car shopping as easy as possible with “upfront pricing,” which includes a hang-tag in the window of every vehicle displaying the price that everyone can expect to pay, eliminating the need for haggling.

“This is a business philosophy that will have a lasting legacy for many years to come,” he said.

The new facility will be on display at an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature a flag dedication ceremony with members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The new building will be open for business Monday.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.