In a move that’s been years in the planning, Van Isle Ford is finally making the move to its new Beaver Creek location this weekend.
The dealership made an agreement to buy the Beaver Creek property in the spring of 2013 as part of their requirement with Ford Motor Company.
Will Pulford, dealer principal at Van Isle Ford is excited about the new location.
“The Beaver Creek location provided us with the proper location and size and footprint that we needed to build a store of this size,” he said. “[The move] has gone very, very well. There’s obviously lots going on with computer and security systems going in but it’s been very smooth so far.”
In order to facilitate the move, the dealership will close at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon and open at its new location at 4831 Beaver Creek Rd. on Monday morning at 8 a.m.
“Our customers aren’t going to see anything, there’ll be little touchups being finished here and there next week, but nothing major.”
The new dealership will also feature a new synthetic lawn instead of a natural grass one.
“We installed a synthetic lawn called SYNLawn, it’s actually recycled material,” Pulford said, “it’s actually the same material used in a lot of artificial turfs in the CFL and the NFL.”
Although more expensive than natural grass initially, the artificial lawn won’t need any maintenance or care, something that will save Pulford money in the longterm.
The SYNLawn also won’t need water, something that is especially significant in light of Port Alberni’s current Stage 1 water restrictions.
“The fact that water’s so expensive and a very valuable natural resource [means that] this is our way of going to a low maintenance situation.”