The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

March 7, 2013

Site Success

Dealership expands northward

DANVILLE — It has been a little more than four months since J.R. Fregia moved the Ford and Lincoln portion of his Courtesy automobile dealership to its new North Vermilion Street location and, if the past four months are any indication, it was a sound business move.

“We have seen a 25 percent increase in new Ford car sales and a 50 percent increase in used car sales over the same period last year since our move to North Vermilion,” Fregia said.

Fregia said the new retail businesses that are opening on North Vermilion should only add to the increased traffic he is already seeing.

“When we started planning this expansion, there were rumors about the new retail properties being planned for North Vermilion but nothing was definite,” Fregia said. “This North Vermilion location has a good traffic count and is very accessible to get to.”

“The West Main location probably has the highest traffic count in the county, and is an excellent location, but there just wasn’t the room to expand, at a cost we could afford,” Fregia said.

Fregia had actually begun planning his expansion some four years ago.

“I began working with the city on trying to put together some type of economic development plan then, but we just couldn’t put it all together at a price that was affordable,” Fregia said.

Fregia came to Danville nine years ago when he purchased the Courtesy Ford dealership.

“My father was a partner in a dealership in northern Illinois and I worked with him for several years,” Fregia said. “I finally figured that if I wanted to grow more professionally, I was going to have to find my own dealership.”

Fregia, a graduate of Florida A&M University, said he has been truly blessed since coming to Danville.

Fregia also has a brother who operates a Buick GMC dealership in the Chicagoland area.

“This is a community supported operation,” Fregia said. “We have had nothing but good things to say about the way the community has supported us since coming to town.”

Fregia also credits Mayor Scott Eisenhauer and the city council for their assistance in putting together the financial incentive package that allowed the move to happen.

“We wouldn’t be sitting up here on North Vermilion if it wasn’t for the support of the mayor and council,” Fregia said.

The city council approved both a sales tax-based incentive program as well as tax increment financing to help Fregia in the expansion.

The new site, which was the former site of Vermilion Chevrolet, is located on five acres.

“The building is actually bigger than what we needed,” Fregia said. “However, it will give us plenty of room to expand our services.”

Fregia has already added a $60,000 alignment machine that allows vehicle alignments to be done in a matter of minutes.

“We simply did not have room for this machine at our Main Street location,” he said. “This machine will tell you within two minutes of driving a vehicle on it what the alignment looks like.”

The machine is sized not only for cars and pickup trucks but for larger trucks as well.

Another part of the expansion that Fregia is excited about is the additional job opportunities.

“We have already added 10 new positions to our work force,” Fregia said. “We will continue to add technicians as they become available to us.”

With the expansion, Fregia said it also adds opportunities for advancement for employees.

“With this growth, we have the chance to allow people to grow in their field,” Fregia said. “When someone comes to work for us, we want them to think of it as a career and to be with us for a long time.”

For Fregia, his time is spent between the two dealerships. He normally spends his mornings at the Main Street site and afternoons at the Vermilion Street operation.

There also are changes coming to the Vermilion Street building. This spring the entire building will undergo a facelift.

“We will be remodeling to meet the Ford-designed dealership facade,” said Fregia. “We expect that work to begin in May.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Mildred Christine Utesch Mildred Christine Utesch, 83, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was born on Dec. 25, 1930, in Georgetown to Andrew and Arzella Acord. In 1951, she married William Albert Utesch, and together they raised their children, William Edwa

    August 22, 2014

  • Man to face trial on battery charges DANVILLE — A local man will be held over for trial in connection with allegations he severely abused an infant last month.Benjamin K. Smith, 25, of Oakwood, appeared in Vermilion County Circuit Court for an afternoon preliminary hearing on charges of

    August 22, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleWednesdayA man arrested for disorderly conduct in the 1200 block of North Walnut Street.A man arrested for reckless driving in the 600 block of East Williams Street.Disorderly conduct in the 100 block of R

    August 22, 2014

  • Police step up traffic patrols around schools DANVILLE — Police are taking over the role of teachers beginning this week, using enforcement to remind drivers about the traffic laws around schools.It’s been almost three months since local students made the trek to school. With Danville District 1

    August 22, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Tuesday, 10:49-11 a.m. — A medical call in the 600 block of Plum Street.Tuesday, 1:55-3:02 p.m. — A gas leak reported at 2606 N. Vermilion St.Tuesday, 2:15-2:20 p.m. — A private alarm at the Village Mall,

    August 22, 2014

  • a Earns Best Buy.jpg Danv test headline goes here Danv test web summary goes here.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police, Fire Reports

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS-CN 08-21 Bomb photo Bomb scare empties city block

    DANVILLE — Emergency personnel shut down a city block and evacuated several businesses following a suspicious package found along North Walnut Street.Danville police were contacted a little after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a black suitcase was discov

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 08-21 Renaissance photo Ellsworth to host Renaissance Village DANVILLE—The Illinois Renaissance Festival will celebrate its 10th year in Danville with some new activities.This is the festival’s 12th year. It was in Champaign in 2003-2004 and moved to Danville in 2005, according to JoMarie Dugan, director of the

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot SPRINGFIELD — Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the Novemb

    August 21, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Marathon Suspect's Friend Pleads Guilty Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit
NDN Video
Rapper Almost Walks Off CNN Over Ferguson Coverage Whoa! Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard Amazing Encounter With Sea Otter Caught on Video 2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Motorcyclist Sticks Landing Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan
Must Read