Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Four dealerships with 148 employees on 22 acres is quite a difference from the small Mesa used car lot where it all began.
In 1982, entrepreneur Tim Coury moved his beginner dealership to Prescott, where his automotive dream took off.
In fact, while getting ready to celebrate 35 years in town, Tim’s Auto Group is poised for another major growth spurt.
Starting early next year, the company will be jumping the size of its Subaru dealership from about 3,500 square feet to about 23,000 square feet.
The company’s management team is figuring out whether to reconstruct the current Subaru building or build an entirely new facility right next to it.
“It’ll be our big project for 2017 for sure,” said Tim’s Auto Group General Manager Robby Hinshaw.
With Coury’s success came a deep commitment to his Prescott community. From what the staff at Tim’s Auto Group can estimate, Coury’s business has donated about $2 million back into the community since 1982.
“What we’ve done in the last few years is really focus heavily in partnering with education,” Hinshaw noted.
Just last April, the company presented a $25,000 check to the Prescott Unified School District school board through Tim’s Educational Endowment Program. The program provides funds to local school districts for special projects and academic and sports scholarships.
The Auto Group includes Tim’s Buick GMC, Tim’s Toyota, Tim’s Hyundai and Tim’s Subaru. Each dealership has its own administration building and sales team on the corner of Commerce Drive and Willow Creek Road.
The team is always looking at ways to expand even further … if they keep the old building during their Subaru expansion, they’re thinking it may serve as a good facility for another franchise.
“There’s a couple different franchises that we’ve spoken to,” Hinshaw said.
“We don’t know if any will pan out, but if one does, then we’ll have a little facility to start them out in and then possibly move them to Prescott Valley or expand in whatever way we can.”
Tim’s Auto Group has also maintained ownership of a property in Chino Valley and two properties in Prescott Valley. Until earlier this year, the location in Chino Valley and one of the locations in Prescott Valley were used to sell certified pre-owned vehicles.
The company has since closed those locations and concentrated all of their inventory at the main base in Prescott.
“We did it for the convenience of the customer,” Hinshaw said.
To celebrate its 35 years in business, Tim’s Auto Group intends to host a customer appreciation event in early January. The date has not yet been set.