I'm nosy. If you've driven by the Lee Johnson Chevrolet-Mazda dealership at 11845 NE 85th (just east of the 405) you've probably noticed a lot of changes and demolition going on. What the heck are they doing?? I gave their President, Tod Johnson, a jingle to get to the bottom of it.
The Johnson family has been around in Kirkland for a long time. There's an interesting history behind the dealership, which you can click here to learn more about. Tod's dad began buying up property behind the dealership site and accumulated 10 acres of land over the years. So, now they are making some changes so they can utilize all of that land and fulfill Lee Jr.'s vision (he passed away in 2002).
There will be separate showrooms for Chevy, Mazda and their newly acquired Kia (off of 116th)with plenty of room for inventory out front. They used to hold anywhere between 600-800 cars and can now house up to 1000 at the new digs where they have over 100 employees. Interestingly enough, the auto manufacturers offer financial incentives to the dealers when they have exclusive facilities for their brand. Good thing Lee Jr. was thinking ahead, eh? The new service dept is in the back and has a line dividing the brands.
They're still open for business during the transition, and Tod says everyone is excited to show off their new facility, so feel free to stop by anytime. The general number is 888-214-4824. ~Janis