Growing customer demand is prompting Ray Laks Honda to move from its longtime home in West Seneca to a new site in Orchard Park.
Construction is expected to start within the next few weeks on a 28,000-square-foot Southwestern Boulevard building for the Honda dealership. Laks has bought an eight-acre parcel from fellow auto dealer, Jim Ball, for the new building.
"Honda wants us there by 2014, but I think we will be there ahead of that time," Laks said.
Laks is the busiest of the region's four Honda dealerships. The new location gives his company a highly visible site along what is the southtowns "auto mall" strip on Southwestern Boulevard, not far from Ralph Wilson Stadium. The new Laks dealership will be located at the corner of Mid-County Road and Southwestern Boulevard. The West-Herr Automotive Group has dealerships on the other three corners, selling Jeeps, Chryslers, Chevrolets and Nissans.
The new building will give Laks additional space for his service area and showroom.
Laks estimates he will hire between 10 and 15 new employees once the move takes place, The dealership currently employs 55 people.
The Laks dealership has been on its current Orchard Park Road site in West Seneca since February 1967, when it was originally a Buick showroom. Honda was added in 1972 and Buick was dropped in 1996.
The current Laks operation in the Orchard Park Road building is under contract, said Robert Nuchereno, owner and broker from Arista Development, who handled the Ray Laks deal. The potential buyer was not identified.
A neighboring Laks-owned property on Orchard Park, which once housed its Mitsubishi dealership is under contract to be sold to Auto Max Collision Center, who already leases a portion of the building. Laks used the building to house his used cars sales, after dropping to Mitsubishi sales last year.
The used car sales are also moving into the new Orchard Park building.