Lakeside Ford to expandPublished 12:00am Wednesday, August 31, 2005
FERRIDAY &045; Some time next year, Lakeside Ford will move about three miles east to a brand new building.
As of now, that building exists only in the mind of William Pugh and the plans of his architect, but workers will break ground on the new facility within the next month.
&uot;We’re growing,&uot; Pugh said. &uot;We started out here pretty small, but in the last five years we’ve had 300 percent growth in our business.&uot;
And Lakeside’s current building, where the business has been since its start 12 years ago, no longer fills the dealership’s needs in terms of space or features, Pugh said. Pugh has managed the dealership the past five years since taking over from his father-in-law, who stills works in the business.
&uot;We’re selling 100 cars a month here, but it’s hard to look professional when you’re in an old building like this one,&uot; Pugh said.
Lakeside leases the building it’s currently in, a blue and white building on U.S. 84 a little east of Ferriday.
Plans for the new facility began about two years ago, and it’s taken this long to get to the construction stage, Pugh said. Once construction begins, the new facility will likely be ready in less than a year.
Pugh said the new space will also allow for more emphasis on the service department.
&uot;It’s a bigger facility. On big reason for the new place is for service,&uot; Pugh said. &uot;We have the updated equipment, but our service area isn’t that great.&uot;