Multiple city officials and community members gathered Tuesday to witness the progress on a new Randy Marion dealership in Statesville.

With the American flag unfurling from the frame of the new building, Randy Marion Sr., owner of Randy Marion Automotive Group with dealerships in Mooresville, Huntersville and Statesville, spoke under a tent and expressed his gratitude for the support from the Statesville community.

“We appreciate the welcome we are getting,” Marion said. “We are going to have a big party when we get this thing done.”

The location is currently expected to be completed by March 2020, Marion said.

“This is the largest project I have ever done,” Marion said.

The Randy Marion Ford Lincoln of Statesville, which is currently located on Folger Drive, will move directly across I-77 to a new 60,000-square-foot facility. This new location will be behind the Hilton Garden Inn off Salisbury Road.

“We are number one in the southeast for commercial business,” Marion said.

With hopes of maintaining this number one spot and continuing to grow as a company, Marion said he believes Statesville is the area to invest in, with the promise of bringing more jobs to the area with the new facility. Its development puts the company one step closer to its goals, Marion said.

“We want everyone in Statesville to drive a Ford,” Marion joked.

But his real goal is to service the community well.

"[If you] take care of the customer then everything else will take care of itself," Marion said.

He closed his brief talk the same way he began, with a round of thanks, “I am happy to be here and thankful for everyone’s support.”

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