Construction has begun on a new 8,500-square-foot Shults Auto Body Shop, part of an ongoing redesign and reconstruction of the Shults car dealership in Foster Township, PA.
The new facility will house the relocation of a pre-existing Shults Auto Body Shop to the former E-Z TV and Appliance Building site at 911 East Main Street, behind Worth W. Smith.
The project will entail the demolition and construction of the dealership’s Chevy and Toyota showrooms, with the new facility taking up 20,000 square-feet and costing roughly $3 million, according to general manager Steve Hopkins. The body shop relocation represents $600,000 of the overall project costs.
“We’re making more room for our service. As our service department grows ,our body shop needed a building,” Hopkins said, adding that the body shop will continue to offer the same services at the new location. Hopkins expects that service will not be interrupted in the transition. “We’ll just take a weekend and move over.”
Hopkins said the upgrade project required some parking lot reconfiguration, which led to the auto body shop’s relocation.
“The body shop was going to be behind us and we weren’t using the E-Z TV and Appliance building, so rather than leave the E-Z TV building empty, we decided to use up some of that so we’d have more parking,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said he expects to hire two or three new employees for the relocated body shop and 15 in all when the rest of the upgrades are complete.
He said the upgrades are required by General Motors of their dealers.
Hopkins said the auto body shop is expected to be operational before other aspects of the project are completed.