Volvo to bring Swedish accent to automotive scene
The Swedes are on their way to Glenwood – well, at least their cars are. You can stop wondering what’s moving into the space Elk Mountain Motors’ automotive repair shop formerly occupied at 6th and Maple streets. Randy and Jennifer Tuggle, who own and operate the Land Rover Roaring Fork dealership in Glenwood, are bringing Volvo cars to the Western Slope. The Tuggles’ Swedish-based car dealership will be located across from Sioux Villa Curio on 6th Street.Laborers have been laying pavers around the outside of the building, and tile on the inside floors, and have rewired and replumbed the building to get it ready for its next incarnation (see box). “It’s going to be the best Volvo dealership on the Western Slope,” said general contractor John Smith of Smith Management, the Silt construction company remodeling the building and readying it for the Tuggles’ anticipated opening during the July 4 weekend. “It’s going to be the best and the only Volvo dealership on the Western Slope,” said Jennifer, with a smile. “It’ll be the only Volvo dealership between Denver and Salt Lake.”The dealership will be a full-service facility, selling and leasing new and used Volvos, and offering a complete repair service for the Swedish cars. Family business out west
Operating car dealerships comes naturally to the Tuttles. It started when Jennifer’s grandfather started a Ford dealership in New Jersey. “His two sons decided to open a Mercedes dealership in 1968,” said Randy. “Jennifer’s grandfather said they were crazy, and that no one would buy a foreign car. He told them there was no way they would ever succeed.”Now, the family runs a huge automotive corporation back east, and Jennifer and Randy have continued the family business out west. They moved to Basalt in 2000 and opened their Land Rover dealership in Glenwood. Randy said Vic Doolan, the CEO of Volvo Cars North America, is a friend of the family. Jennifer’s father and Vic had a candid conversation about the Tuttles opening a Volvo dealership in Glenwood. Vic saw a natural connection to Volvo cars and the terrain and climate around Glenwood. “In August, all of Volvo’s cars will be all-time all-wheel drive,” he said. “They’re fuel efficient, and they have the get-up-and-go that’s needed around here.”Randy said Volvos are a natural choice for people living in the mountains around Glenwood. “Volvo has changed a lot because of Vic,” said Randy. “Now, not only are Volvos safe, but they’re exciting to drive, too.”‘We’re excited’The 6th and Maple building will be a temporary home to Glenwood’s newest car dealership. The Tuggles are planning to break ground in spring 2005 on a larger Volvo dealership next to Land Rover and just north of the Iron Mountain Tramway base, at 6th and Devereux streets. And how will it be running not one, but two car dealerships?
“It’ll be twice as much fun,” Randy said. “Really it’s a question of staffing a strong management team, and we’ve done that. In the meantime, the Tuggles are looking forward to opening Volvo Roaring Fork at 6th and Maple.”The location has great visibility,” Randy said. “Parking will have some challenges, but we have plans in place for that, too.”The Tuggles are in the process of moving out of their Basalt house and moving into a home they just bought in Glenwood. “We’re really excited,” he said. “Buying a Volvo is much like buying a Land Rover. The customer service with both these companies is extremely high quality. With Volvo and Land Rover, the philosophy is much the same: It’s not so much buying a car as joining a club.” Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org dealership havenThe building at the corner of 6th and Maple streets – across from Sioux Villa Curio in Glenwood – has been home to numerous car dealerships.
Its history:• 1946-72: Lincicome-Wood Motor Co.• 1973-78: Jack Lanning Motors• 1979-82: Bill Hauskins Porsche VW Audi• 1983-88: Olson VW• 1988-95: Sunlight VW Audi Nissan• 1996-2000: Sunlight Motors• 2000-2003: Elk Mountain Motors automotive repair • July 2004: Volvo Roaring Fork Historical information courtesy of Frontier Historical Society
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