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Complete remake in store for American Toyota

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Larry H. Miller American Toyota is embarking on a major overhaul that will involve a ground-up rebuild of the property. (Courtesy of Larry H. Miller)

Larry H. Miller American Toyota is embarking on a major overhaul that will involve a ground-up rebuild of the property. (Courtesy of Larry H. Miller)

Larry H. Miller American Toyota is about to get a massive reboot.

The Albuquerque auto dealership will soon embark on a multi-million-dollar overhaul that will involve rebuilding the property from the ground up. The dealership, located on about 10 acres at Alameda and Interstate 25, will be reborn to the latest Toyota specifications.

General Manager J.R. Malouff said the process will begin in February but that crews will work in phases to limit disruptions. It will likely take about a year, he said. The business will remain open throughout the rebuild.

“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art building. It’s going to be just awesome,” Malouff said. “It’s going to be a great place; it’s going to have a great customer lounge with all the Internet hookups (and) all kinds of neat stuff.”

Work will begin with construction of a new service center on a currently empty area on the north side of the dealership property. The overhaul will increase the number of service bays to 65 from 47 today. Malouff said the project, awarded to P.J. Development Inc., will then include gradual demolition and reconstruction of the existing building.

Sara Waldman, spokeswoman for the 55-dealership, Utah-based Larry H. Miller company, couldn’t provide details about the project’s total cost, but a city building permit application for the 89,772-square-foot building lists the construction value at $9.85 million.

Larry H. Miller has five Albuquerque dealerships, including another Toyota lot, two Hyundai locations and a Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealership. Larry H. Miller’s other Toyota property, at 10401 Copper NE, isn’t currently in line for a similar remake, Waldman said.

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