Stephens Chrysler moving to new site

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BENNINGTON — A local auto dealership will soon shift operations to a Northside Drive site near the entrance of the Monument Plaza, which houses Walmart, PriceChopper and other stores.

Jason Rucinski, general manager of Stephens Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, now located on North Street, said the plan is to open at 200 Northside Drive by April.

He said renovation of an existing building is continuing, and an addition to the rear of the structure to house the service department is underway.

"We're very excited about the move," Rucinski said Thursday. "It is a great location, it will give us more space, and it will be nicer for the service department."

He said one drawback at the current 200 North St. location is that the former Mazda dealership building does not have enough space in the service area to work on some of the larger Ram trucks Stephens sells. Those can, however, be worked on at the dealership's Greenwich, N.Y., location, he said.

The addition will be constructed to the rear of the current building, which now is vacant and formerly housed John's Building Supply.

According to property transfers listed on the town clerk's website, B&K Realty, LLC, sold 200-02 Northside Drive, along with nearby land at 128 Hicks Ave., on Oct. 11 for $1 million to PITA Development, LLC.

Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont and VTDigger.org. @BB_therrien on Twitter.


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