Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Walt Massey Automotive will undergo a $2.5 million expansion that CEO Brandon Walker said will help service the community better.

Walker said the expansion is something that they have wanted to do for a long time.

“We have been here 23 years,” Walker said. “You can tell that our existing building is in much need of a new facelift. We are excited to finally lay ground on this new adventure.”

The old Massey building will be completely remodeled with a new service area, customer lounge, newly paved parking lot and a new sales lobby.

“We are going to start with the sales department upfront,” Walker said. “They are then going to work their way to the side to do the service area and also adding additional shop space in the back. The Chrysler building, which is to the left of the main building is also going to undergo some renovations, such as a facelift on the front and some renovations on the inside.”

One thing Walker boasts about the new building is climate-controlled services.

“It is going to be all-inclusive and we will be able to pull a vehicle up with climate-controlled service,” Walker said. “The customer area is going to have a lot more space, as well. We want to make it more convenient to the customer. We will be able to serve a lot more vehicles and be in a better environment.”

Walker thanked the employees and the customers in the Covington County area for making this expansion possible.

“We want to thank all of the local government, including the City of Andalusia, for allowing us to be a part of this city,” Walker said. “This couldn’t be possible without our customers. We serve you every day and the Andalusia customers, as well as the surrounding area, have made this possible. Thank you for entrusting us with your vehicle’s needs. The employees are the reason this is taking place. It is all of their hard work and effort over the years to continue to build this business. Thank you for all of your hard work and effort, it does not go unnoticed.”

The renovation should be complete by the end of the year, according to general manager Justin Creech.