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Dealership, hotel bring new jobs, businesses to the region

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The lower level of KineticPark is seeing a lot of activity this fall, as the construction of the Hampton Inn is a few stories high now, and the earth-moving is in the final stages at the site of the new Goldy Auto dealership next door.

Goldy Auto is planning a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, for the new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership, located at 187 Kinetic Drive.

Although construction of the dealership will still be going on during December, owner/operator Joel Goldy said he expects to be selling vehicles on the lot by mid-December.

The dealership will cover 18,000 square feet and feature an enclosed new vehicle delivery area, providing customers a comfortable setting to get acquainted with their new vehicle.

"New vehicles are very complex and we want to make sure customers understand all the new features on their car," Goldy said in a release. The building will also have a fully enclosed service department.

Goldy Auto has common ownership with Moses Inc, which has Nissan, Mitsubishi, Buick, GMC and Cadillac franchises located on U.S. 60 in Huntington.

"As we continue to expand our automotive selection in the Huntington market, we feel that it causes less confusion for our customers to brand the dealership Goldy Auto verses continuing to use the Moses name," Goldy, also the vice president of Moses Inc., said in the release.

Goldy Auto's estimated target for completion is April 2013, and it's expected to add 50 new jobs.

Next door to the dealership, the Hampton Inn is being built by contractor Stephen D. Prater Builder out of Lexington, Ky. Owned by Cabell Hotel Co., the four-story, 100-room hotel will be managed by H&W Management Co. out of Lexington, co-owned by Don Howard and Jeff Yeary.

Howard said he hopes the hotel will be open by early summer 2013, and that the hotel should provide 25 jobs.

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