By Christine Graf
Construction on Mohawk Chevrolet’s 65,000-square-foot facility in Malta is projected to be completed in June, according to company officials.
BBL Construction of Albany was hired to build the new dealership, which will replace Mohawk Chevrolet’s Clifton Park location.
Mohawk Auto, the owner of Mohawk Honda in Glenville as well as the local Mohawk Chevrolet, purchased the Clifton Park dealership from Northstar Chevrolet in November 2019.
The new Mohawk Chevrolet will be located on Route 67, just off of Northway Exit 12. The property was purchased several years ago by Mohawk Auto president and third generation owner Jeff Haraden. It was originally slated to become home to the 80,000-square-foot Adirondack Aquatic Center. Ultimately, Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady was selected as the location for the $35 million aquatic center.
Mohawk Auto general manager Andrew Guelcher described the aquatic center’s decision to move to Schenectady as serendipitous. When Mohawk purchased Northstar Chevrolet, it was with the intention of relocating it to Malta.
“We did a lot of due diligence for the location. It is really the epicenter of the Chevrolet registrations for Saratoga County and also has great access off the Northway,” he said. “We really like Malta, and it is growing incredibly quickly. And the town has been great to work with. From a logistical standpoint, it’s one of the best spots we can be in. I think we are going to do very well there. ”
The facility will include a customer business center, service area, a touchless car wash, rooftop event space and one-mile walking trail.
“It’s more than double the size of our current Chevrolet location,” said Guelcher. “Inventory, sales volume, employee count—there’s going to be significant growth throughout the entire store. In short order, we will probably add 20 to 25 employees. When we bought the store (Northstar Chevrolet) a year ago, we had 40 employees and we are now at 72 in our current location.”
Mohawk Honda, a family-owned dealership, has 245 employees. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019.
By Christine Graf