There's been a lot of activity at Richard Chevrolet during the past year - and not all of it involved selling cars.
The Highland Avenue dealership has undergone a major expansion, and on Thursday state and local officials joined dealership representatives to celebrate its completion, making it the largest Chevrolet dealership in the state.
State Sen. Joseph Markley and Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone were among those on hand to congratulate owners Richard and Marianne Jaffe.
"You are in an industry that has gone through some really tough times in the last three decades -- you guys have weathered some incredible storms and you've flourished and prospered," Milone said.
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The business opened in 1975 and employs 76 people. The new facility is expanded to 37,000 square feet and has room for 500 vehicles. The facility was constructed using recycled building materials and energy efficient energy efficient lighting, according to company officials.
"I want to thank you for having 38 years of presence in this community," he said. "You are an anchor in the business community and a stabilizing force, and I appreciate the fact that you have had confidence in us and the town has benefited from your presence here"
"I hope you continue to see at least 38 more years of continued success and prosperity," he said, "and thank you for being such a good neighbor."
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