The brightly lit showroom floor still needs a few chairs for waiting customers. The fresh drywall needs a few finishing touches. But when a reporter stepped inside Stanley Ford’s dealership at 8825 Mallard Street near the airport, Tony Stanley was already arranging a test drive of a full-sized Ford van.
Juneau’s new Ford motors dealership is kind of open for business.
Owner Tony Stanley said in an interview that he hopes to have his dealership open this weekend or early next week. However Stanley Ford has already sold “quite a few cars,” Stanley said. And the dealership has already signed cars up for warranty and recall work.
Stanley said the opening of its Juneau location was delayed by a few weeks due to his recent accidental injury and due to the size limitations of the dealership location.
Stanley said the dealership’s temporary 10,000 square-foot building is about half the size needed for a full-service dealership.
“I can’t do everything I want to do at that building,” Stanley said.
The smaller footprint gave Ford Motor Company pause in approving the location. Stanley said he plans to expand his current location or build anew.
“A nice, well-lit lot and nice crisp showroom to put customers at ease,” Stanley said of the company’s plans.
Stanley said he waited to order his cars until the 2013 models were available.
"We'll see the 2013s bubbling in over the next few months," Stanley said. Eventually the dealership will offer electric and hybrid vehicles to fit with of Juneau's hydroelectric power and limited road system, he said.
Once the doors are open, Ford owners with warranty or recall work to be done can come in and schedule an appointment. Stanley was able to bring on Ford Certified Mechanics including Dave Wall. Wall opened Evergreen Motor Works in early 2010 after Skinner Ford closed.
Stanley has owned a Budget Rent-A-Car location in Juneau for more than a decade. The Stanley family, Jose and Emelia Stanley, have owned rental car businesses and car dealerships around the state.
“Alaska is our home,” Stanley said, “and we are in the car business. From Fairbanks to Juneau.”
Stanley owns and operates various locations of Budget Rent-A-Car, Driven Auto Body, Stanley Ford in Kenai, Stanley Chrysler in Soldotna and a Nissan dealership in Fairbanks.
Stanley recently launched a tire- and oil-change and quick repair business called Quick Lane
“We started about a month ago and it has taken off,” Stanley said. He said he plans to bring a Quick Lane and a Driven Auto Body repair to Juneau.
Driven Auto Body is a Green Star certified business.
One of the major reasons Stanley brought Ford back to Juneau, was because of the past Ford employees in Juneau. Dave Wall was the key factor. Wall will manage Stanley Ford.
For more information, call Stanley Ford of Juneau at 523-8500 or visit http://stanleyfordjuneau.site.nlmkt.com/About-Us.aspx. For more information about Driven Auto Body visit www.drivenautobody.com.
• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.