The Matt Castrucci group of auto dealerships is planning a move from Mall Park Drive in the Dayton Mall area southwest to a new location on 37 acres near Byers and Lyons roads, to an area where the dealer’s space would effectively double.
Matt Castrucci said he has a contract on land northeast of Byers and Lyons, a pact that expires in February. One half of the property has the business zoning he requires for a dealership move, but the other part of the property does not.
Castrucci said he is working with Miamisburg officials on zoning.
“Space-wise, I have to do something,” he said. “I realize that I (the dealership property) look older here. Everything needs an update for sure. I want to move.”
Castrucci has Honda, Mazda, Kia and Nissan dealerships, as well as used vehicle lots. The business has been located there his father Al Castrucci ran the business in the late 1980s.
The franchises together enjoy annual sales north of $100 million, Castrucci said in an exclusive interview Wednesday. But with 180 employees and a growing customer base, he said he simply needs more room — and he’s getting to the point where he’s wary even of increasing customer volume.
“And that’s not good,” Castrucci said.
He added that he is near hiring a property manager for his current property across Ohio 725 from the Dayton Mall.
While he’s not certain what he envisions for his current 17 acres of property, he said: “It certainly can enhance the Dayton Mall and maybe let them compete a little more with the Greenes and the Austin Landings of the world.”
The south suburbs have long been a magnet for auto dealerships, and the area remains busy.
This past summer, $3 million of construction started on a second White Allen automobile dealership on Springboro Pike.
The Volkswagen dealership going up in Miami Twp. is next to the White Allen European Auto Group across from Cox Arboretum and north of the Dayton Mall.
The 20,200 square foot dealership, being built on 3.6 acres, is targeted for completion in March, according to the company.