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Wednesday, 17 November 2021 22:52

Myrtle Beach, SC, Car Dealership About to Build a Nearly $20M New Location 

Written by Alan Blondin, The Sun News
Myrtle Beach Hyundai is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 18 for a new franchise dealership location at 706 Frontage Road East. Myrtle Beach Hyundai is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 18 for a new franchise dealership location at 706 Frontage Road East. Alan Blondin/ablondin@thesunnews.com

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The Myrtle Beach Hyundai dealership has outgrown its U.S. 501 location, and franchise owner Freddie Hyatt is about to begin construction on a new location he said will cost nearly $20 million.

The automobile dealership will sit on nearly 7 acres at 760 Frontage Road East. The 35,000-square foot building will be “ultra modern,” Hyatt said.

 

“We’re ready to roll,” said Hyatt, who lives in Murrells Inlet. “We’ve had some supply issues with steel but we’ve gotten through all that and we’re ready to go.”

 

Hyatt hopes to open the new location late in 2022.

 

Hyatt bought the current building and property on U.S. 501 in 1999 from Bob Bible. He said the space near Grissom Parkway no longer meets the dealership’s needs.

 

“We’ve grown it from selling 150 new Hyundais a year to this year we’re tracking to do roughly 1,200, and of course you’ve got used cars on that, so our customers deserve a nice ultra-modern facility, and we’re glad to get this done for our employees as well,” Hyatt said. “Our service department shop is going to be air-conditioned for our technicians. ... They’re all excited to have a place to come work and be proud of where you’re working.”

 

The business will potentially grow from its current 45 employees to approximately 80 over the first year of the new location’s operation, according to dealership General Manager Robert Wingate.

 

“We have nurtured this thing from a puppy to a full greyhound,” Hyatt said. “We’ve grown so much and we stock so many vehicles in inventory, we needed...


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