Dealership to triple size with new move
Honda of Clear Lake, a local mainstay since 1992, is moving — but residents and customers won’t have to travel far to find it.
“We’ll be just four miles down the road,” said Tom Tyrell, president and managing partner of the family owned dealership.
With a spread of more than 20 acres, the new $22 million facility at 2205 S. Gulf Freeway is nearly finished and the staff at the current location is preparing to move soon.
“Our best guess is that we’ll be in the new building by mid-August, but it could take a little while longer,” Tyrell said. “We’re down to the wire now, doing a punch list and taking care of those last-minute things. Then the move-in should take two days. We’ll have our staff and their families, their kids, friends of their kids, all in town to help. We’ll move the equipment over and drive the cars to the new building one at a time with all the hands we have coming in.”
The dealership, which has been in its current location off Interstate 45 in Webster since 1992, is moving to accommodate growth.
“We’re tripling our size,” Tyrell said. “We’ve expanded the (current location) as much as we can, and to meet the needs we have and in order to offer more to our customers, we need to expand further — we outgrew it.”
The new site will have room for more vehicles and more bays to service vehicles.
“Something you don’t necessarily think about unless you’re a service tech is the heat,” Tyrell said, “and it can make a big difference. We will have air condition in our service department, and that means it will be more comfortable for our technicians. It also translates to jobs being done faster and more carefully.”
Once the dealership has completely moved, the Webster site will go on the market.
“We’d like to see a restaurant go there, but we’ll see what happens,” Tyrell said.
Along with the move, the dealership will begin to offer extended hours for oil changes and free tire repairs for clients.
Tyrell said the decision to remain close by stems from the relationship the dealership has built with the community.
“We love it here,” he said. “The schools are wonderful, the people are hardworking and you can’t go wrong investing in an area where there are good people who love their community. Over the last 30 years, we’ve developed relationships and a reputation in this community that would be crazy to dismiss. We don’t want to be anywhere else.”