It’s big and it’s about to get bigger.

The Richmond Auto Mall, arguably the largest complex of its kind in Canada and the early innovator of the Auto Mall concept in this country, will be expanding even further in its 30th year thanks to the recent purchase of properties adjoining its prime location at Westminster Highway and Knight Street in Richmond, BC.

Since it opened in October of 1985, the Richmond Auto Mall has been successfully positioning itself to stay ahead of the evolving transportation needs of the many communities it serves.

“While there are additional features, renovations and a dealership still to be announced,” says Auto Mall Association General Manager Gail Terry, “we can tell you that BPL Auto Group’s Richmond Acura will be a key addition and that the Cowell Auto Group’s Audi of Richmond and Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond will be building amazing new facilities.”

“Once that’s done,” adds Terry, “the next phase will demolish today’s current Audi and Jaguar Land Rover locations to build a new, contemporary Volkswagen store. This will allow yet another new franchise to be added on the current Volkswagen lot, bringing the total dealership count to 16, providing consumers the largest selection of new brands and used vehicles in one location in all of Canada. The expansion will definitely enrich the customer experience even further.”

The development will allow the dealers to offer additional innovative, state-of-the-art stores in an efficient, relaxing and engaging destination. Plans include enhancements well beyond the current norm in automotive customer service where clients and guests will be catered to and entertained.

Completion of Richmond Acura and the new Audi of Richmond and Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond facilities is slated for Autumn 2016.

“The projects on the table already have an estimated investment of $120 million in land and buildings,” says Ryan Cowell of the Cowell Group, the developer and a major stakeholder in the expansion. “With the other Auto Mall owners’ plans for the future taken into consideration, further investments of $60 million in construction and renovations are not unrealistic over the next three to five years.”

The Richmond Auto Mall is already a city-within-a-city offering all manner of satellite businesses from a restaurant, convenience store and insurance to car detailing, a courtesy shuttle and rentals.

“The growth is a commitment to our current and future customers that the Richmond Auto Mall will remain the premier place in Metro Vancouver to shop for vehicles and to service your vehicle,” says Sylvester Tai, the President of the Richmond Auto Mall Association. This is the second major expansion since the mall opened with nine dealerships soon followed by a tenth. Four more were added in 1990.

“In spite of the massive amount of construction involved, it won’t interfere with the current shopping experience,” notes Terry. “The new development sits behind the original Auto Mall which means customers can enjoy business as usual at all of our dealerships during the construction phase”.



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