Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Sitework is underway on a new 40,000-square-foot project that will be home to Jacksonville's Bacon Auto Country dealership this fall.
Located north of Jacksonville on U.S. Highway 79 – across from local landmark Love's Lookout – the project will incorporate innovative design as set forth by General Motors guidelines, said Steve Hickey, a site project manager with WRL General Contractors of Flint, which is overseeing the project.
Bacon “is basically moving out of their existing building (at 1033 N. Jackson, into a place) that will have a service shop and showroom, and room for all the people they employ today, plus room for growth,” Hickey said.
“They are also going to have a Volt-charging station” for the line of Chevy hybrid cars Bacon will carry, “and the owners are looking at alternative power sources” on which to operate the dealership, he added.
The estimated $4 million project “will be built by GM guidelines, so it will look like a new-generation GM sales facility,” Hickey explained.
Bacon Auto Country was acquired by the Bacon family in 1995, a lot that was once home to Jacksonville's Live-zey-Holcomb Autoplex, Cherokee Motors and G&H Motors.
It is part of a six-decade old family-run company that includes Frankston's Bacon Chevrolet, Bacon Auto-plex in Palestine and Bacon Auto Ranch in Athens.
The Jacksonville dealership – which employs 13 – carries GM, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, said general manager Sonny Plunk.
The building project is drawing excitement from employees because of the added space it will provide.
Located north of Jacksonville, it also will be “better situated” for the company's sales as it attempts to attract buyers from nearby cities like Bullard, Plunk said.
Hickey estimated the project will run 10 to 11 months, and be completed – with favorable weather – as early as October.
“Right now, though, we have to do the sitework, then the utility work has to be done before we pour concrete,” he said. “I'd say we'll be dealing with concrete in the next two months or so.”