Visit Sullivan Honda any weekday and you’re likely to find customers in the salesroom or in the lot, perusing a wide variety of cars.
The service and repair department is busy all day long and customers come in and out throughout the day. By next spring, the dealership will be elsewhere—and probably busier than ever.
In June, owner Kevin Sullivan and other family members broke ground on a new site next door to the family’s other dealerships: Northwest Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.
Since the Sullivan family purchased the Honda dealership on Migeon Avenue in Torrington, CT, six years ago, they’ve been seeking a larger site for the company.
“We bought the Honda dealership on June 28, six years ago,” Sullivan said. “The previous owners were the Curry family (who own the property on Migeon Avenue).”
“We made an agreement with American Honda to find a new location, a larger location,” he said. “And American Honda had been asking the Curry family to find one for ten years before that. It just took time to find the right place.”
A New Home for the Hondas
“The right place” is East Main Street in Torrington, where the Sullivans’ dealerships are established and well-visited, Sullivan said.
“In 2005, we took down an old auto dealership on East Main Street, Countryside Volkswagen, which was also the previous home of Dufour Bus Co.,” he said. “We used the property for inventory and display. But we’ve never done anything from the ground up before. It’s always been a renovation of an existing building. So this is a first for us.”
On a recent hot and windy day, a crew was hard at work on the new site for the Honda dealership. “On Migeon Avenue, it’s a smaller parcel, so we’ll have more space (on East Main Street),” Sullivan said. “It will be a 20,000 square foot building for sales, service and parts. It’s going to be completely modern with all the new amenities. There will be a closed service and drop off area and it will be climate controlled.