A new Herb Chambers Cadillac dealership is expected to open in Lynnfield in early April.
On Monday night, Lynnfield selectmen approved a class 1 motor vehicle license application for the dealership, contingent on the separate matter of finishing the occupancy permit process.
Attorney Ted Regnante represented the dealership at the meeting, saying that Chambers' existing Mercedes dealership in Lynnfield is "one of the most successful dealerships in the U.S." and that the location at 395 Broadway was chosen over a location on Route 114 in Danvers. Regnante acknowledged that this choice came in part because of Lynnfield's demographics, but emphasized that it was primarily motivated by the reception Chambers' Mercedes dealership in town has received.
Regnante told selectmen that the dealership will cost $4 million to build and should add to the town's tax base while requiring relatively little in services. The dealership will feature a 22,000 square foot building on two levels, with about 50 to 60 employees. The company also has a policy of trying to hire local residents, added Regnante. The attorney also said the company has tried to be a good neighbor with abutting property owners by taking steps such as reducing the lighting wattage at the Mercedes dealership.
Company wide, Chambers reportedly employs 2,000, runs 50 dealerships in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and does about $2 billion in business each year.