The St. Lawrence County-based Parkway conglomerate of automotive and recreational vehicle dealerships and convenience stores will move its Ford dealership from Potsdam to Ogdensburg this fall.
Parkway Ford Inc., 157 Market St., Potsdam, will relocate to Parkway Super Store, 9890 Route 37, Ogdensburg, in about two months, said Parkway co-owner Wade C. Wood.
Mr. Wood said Thursday that the relocation is by orders from Ford Motor Co. More space is needed for sales and service and the Potsdam facility, which Parkway leases, doesnt have it.
Theres just no room for expansion over there, he said.
The Super Store, which sells Polaris-brand recreational vehicles and accessories as well as trailers and campers, has room to spare. There is a 15,000-square-foot building that houses offices, a showroom and a service area with accommodations for between seven and 10 vehicle repair bays.
An adjacent building has room for six bays.
Obviously, well be better able to serve our customers, Mr. Wood said.
The parking lot will have enough room for trailers and campers, as well as the Ford fleet of cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Therell probably be 40 new cars and 40 used cars to start with, Mr. Wood said.
The relocation wont cost the Potsdam dealership any jobs. Mr. Wood said its 12 employees will work in Ogdensburg alongside the nine employees there. Additional hiring is possible.
Parkways other businesses are: Parkway Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Russell Road, Canton; Parkway Country Store, River Road, Lisbon; Parkway Express convenience store/gas stations on Route 37 in Morristown and Route 56 in Norfolk; and another Parkway Express convenience store/gas station in Ogdensburg at Route 37 and Outer Champlain Street.