Thomas Collision has begun construction for its new location on North Valdosta Road in Valdosta, GA.
Currently located at 324 N. St. Augustine Rd., Thomas Collision Center has approximately 20,000 square feet of space, said owner James Dude Thomas. Once construction is complete, the company will move to its new location at 4532 North Valdosta Rd.
The new location will more than double the business' available square footage to 50,000 square feet, Thomas said.
Increase in space is the primary goal of moving the business, he said.
“We are out of space again,” he said. “We’ve expanded here numerous times, but we just need the room.”
Part of the move is due to the growth Thomas Collision has experienced over the years.
“Our business has grown; I don’t want to say fast because we have been in business for 18 years, but over time, we have seen it is something we have to address,” Thomas said.
But new business growth isn’t the only reason Thomas Collision needs more space.
“Through new technology and products such as aluminum and plastic, we need more room to do repairs in addition to our business growing,” Thomas said.
Thomas plans to use the extra space to perform more repairs, he said. A repair is when, rather than doing a quick estimate, the company disassembles the car, gives a full quote on all of the parts needed to fix the vehicle and takes pictures of all of the damage on the vehicle.
Thomas said he has tried doing this at his current location, but doesn’t have the room.
With the new building, Thomas has added three “state-of-the-art, climate-controlled paint booths,” he said. The booths will utilize new technology to be able to paint a car and have it drive off in the rain in approximately 45 minutes.
Along with the paint booths, Thomas is adding a covered parking area that will hold about six vehicles, he said. There, he can perform quick estimates in the rain and help keep customers dry.
Fifty-thousand square feet is a lot of room, and Thomas plans to rent out about 2,000 square feet for retail purposes, he said. He is in talks with a company to rent the space.