Car City officially launched its
new-look car sales facility at the first Chamber of Commerce Business After
Hours function of the year on Thursday night.
The company has expanded its sales
area in a bright new car lot where 95 vehicles are on display.
Since Hurricane Ivan destroyed its
sales office in 2004, the dealership has been at a temporary site, but is now
permanently located in a lot resembling the large car sales companies more
commonly seen in the US, where customer can peruse cars late into the night.
“This facility will not only
benefit their current and future customers, but has set a new standard for
Cayman’s automobile industry as a whole,” said Stuart Bostock, president of the
Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.
“Car City will now offer up to 95
show vehicles on their premises, ‘ready to buy’, compared to the 35 vehicles of
their old facility. That translates to not only a greater selection, but less
waiting and more choosing, which is good news for everyone,” he added.
Mr. Bostock said Car City, which
has been a Chamber member for 23 years, also had the most franchises of any car
dealership on the Island.
“This growth and innovative thinking
is to be congratulated and demonstrates this business ability to adapt to
market changes,” he said.
The company was founded by the
Fosters Group in the 1970s, and now has a staff of 35. It offers car, scooter
and motorcycle sales, service and parts.
Many of the Foster family were on
hand on Thursday night to witness the grand opening that attracted a large
An impressive lighting system
illuminates individual islands featuring each car brand until 9.30pm nightly so
that those in the market for a new car can get a good look at the model they
are interested in and then contact the company during its opening hours from
9am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.
To celebrate the opening, local
artist Dready created a painting that hangs in the sales office and a print of
the painting was among the many prizes handed out to lucky winners on Thursday.
It was won by Angelyn Hernandez.
All attendees also received free
t-shirts featuring Dready’s work.
The new sales building has been
built with an eye to the environment, being energy-efficient and able to
withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
The site was originally designed by
architect B George Serrant and after he passed away in 2006, the Burns Conolly
Group took over the architectural work, and Phoenix Construction made the
design a reality. Lighting and electrical work was done by Corporate Electric.