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Basil Toyota at home in new spot Dealership adds size, employees

Basil Toyota is taking advantage of its new, larger home in Lockport.

The dealership at 6157 S. Transit Road consists of 42,000 square feet on 27 acres, compared with 18,000 square feet on three acres at its former home.

Basil Toyota has also added nearly 10 employees, increasing the size of its workforce to nearly 70 people, and can stock more than 500 vehicles on site.

"Our customers really, really love the building and appreciate all the amenities that are here," said Mike Basil, president.

A grand opening of the $4.7 million facility is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

Basil Toyota's operations moved next door on South Transit Road in late December, into property formerly used by Gambino Ford. The old Gambino showroom was demolished and a new showroom built. The former Gambino service area was refurbished, and more lifts were added to allow numerous vehicles to be serviced at the same time.

The dealership's larger size allows it to keep up with the flow of customer activity, and it has more waiting space for customers to spread out. One waiting area is an outdoor covered patio.

"My biggest goal is, I just didn't want it to look like a car dealership," Mike Basil said.

Basil Toyota had outgrown its former home over the past few years; Basil purchased the Lockport dealership in 2001. No decision has been made about how the old property next door will be reused.

"We're still waiting for the next business opportunity," Basil said. "We definitely want it to be some part of the automotive world. We don't know yet."

The possibilities include a new or used car dealership, or a service operation.

Other Basil family dealership improvements are also coming to fruition.

Basil Resale Delaware has opened in North Buffalo, at the former site of Tunmore Automotive. Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew has completed a renovation. And in Fredonia, Robert Basil Chevrolet Buick & Cadillac is launching its own renovation.

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