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    Freeway Lincoln Mercury Building Gets New Owner

    Toyota of San Bernardino president Cliff Cummings; Fred Shorett, Fourth Ward San Bernardino City Councilmember and Rikki Van Johnson, Sixth Ward San Bernardino City Councilmember inspecting the Freeway Lincoln Mercury dealership site in its current condition. Photo by Chris Sloan
    View of the customer’s entrance to Freeway Lincoln Mercury’s main building, which housed the sales and service offices. Photo by Chris Sloan
    Service bays previously operated by Free Lincoln Mercury. Photo by Chris Sloan

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Activity continues at the San Bernardino Auto Center, as Toyota of San Bernardino’s president Cliff Cummings has just acquired the building that once housed the former Freeway-Lincoln Mercury car dealership, located at 1600 Camino Real.

    Facing Interstate 215 at the entrance to the city, the former dealership consists of three buildings, which sit on a 3.31acre parcel of land and employed approximately 45 people before ceasing its operations in the summer of 2008.  In a current state of disrepair, the acquisition is yet another sign of the revitalization underway at the San Bernardino Auto Center.

    “The location is in pretty bad shape and will take some time before we can actually make it functional,” said Cummings. “If you want to attract buyers, image is key and we want to do all we can to increase the visibility and awareness of the auto center.”

    Stripped of everything imaginable, amid a sea of broken glass, restoration to the dealership will begin immediately. Cummings predicts the dealership will be operational by January 2011, utilizing the space for vehicle storage, display or perhaps another franchise, highlighting it as an entryway into the city.

    With an increase of 17 percent in its workforce over last year, Toyota of San Bernardino is set to add even more members to its staff, due to the anticipated number of employees needed to make the location functional once again.

    Cummings says that the signs of the economy rebounding from the recession are everywhere, and sees the auto center providing the Inland Empire as a source for a variety of well paying jobs, such as mechanics, landscapers, security, sales executives and other administration professionals.

    “Our plans are to fuel growth and expand market share,” continued Cummings. “This is a prime location, which will go a long way in helping us to do just that.

    For more information on Toyota of San Bernardino call (909) 381-4444 or visit ToyotaSB.com

    About Toyota of San Bernardino

    Since 1966 Toyota of San Bernardino has serviced the Inland Empire’s car buying needs as its premier Toyota dealership.  A seven-time recipient of Toyota’s President’s Award, Toyota of San Bernardino continues to earn the highest honors for a Toyota dealership. It is dedicated to satisfying customers – from the day they buy a Toyota and for as long as they own it.

    Toyota of San Bernardino is a fast and convenient place where the prompt and courteous sales people help customers find the new Toyota, Scion or a used vehicle that’s right for them.

    The service department is staffed by courteous factory trained and ASE certified mechanics. Toyota of San Bernardino’s service department utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic machines, computerized equipment and a well-stocked parts department to keep vehicles running their best.


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