Toyota of Cedar Park breaks ground in Leander


On June 15, Cavender Auto Family representatives broke ground on its forthcoming Toyota of Cedar Park dealership at 5600 Toll 183A, Leander, and said they want to do more than sell cars in the area.

Julie Herrera, dealer principal with Toyota of Cedar Park, said the company will bring about 130-150 “well-paying” jobs to the area, and she said she hopes to become involved in the community through supporting Leander ISD and sponsoring area events, for example.

“Our whole goal here is not to sell and service a car,” Herrera said. “Our goal is to build relationships in this community. “It’s hugely important to me to be involved in the schools. I had great teachers [growing up]—I had great people giving me very good advice in business, and we are going to be involved in this community.”

Caitlin Perrone/Community Impact Newspaper

Cavender Auto Family representatives broke ground on Toyota of Cedar Park on June 15 at 5600 Toll 183A, Leander. (via Caitlin Perrone/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rick Cavender, vice president of Cavender Auto Family, said once the branch opens, he plans to invite charitable and community events to take place at the dealership.

“We are going to stand proudly with you all as a neighbor, and not just a dealer,” Cavender said. “We are going to invite your social gatherings [and]your charitable events into our store to become a community center.”

Cavender Auto Family is a branch of Cavender Auto, a family-run business that has been selling and servicing vehicles in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 75 years. The dealership will open in the first half of 2017 and will offer a VIP lounge, a coffee bar, free WiFi and other amenities, such as breakfast and lunch items. The dealership will be located on more than 15 acres of property.

Austin-based Gensler Architects is the architecture firm designing the dealership.

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  1. this really isn’t that good for the community. Auto dealerships are exempt from paying city taxes on vehicle sales in TX, and take up a ton of land while depreciating the surrounding land value. This location would have been much better served for high-tech or other high-end employer. City should have been more aggressive with zoning to keep out this type of business from this particular corridor.

  2. Cedar Park Toyota in Leander. You mean there wasn’t enough room in between all the 7/11’s, mini marts, and stop lights in Cedar Park?

  3. Leander or Cedar Park matters little. It is better than driving to Round Rock or Austin for Toyota service.

  4. Soooo glad the Cavender family is coming to CPL!!! Bought a great Camry LE from them in San Antonio in 2012. Drove great, but traded it in when it passed 100K miles for a 2015 SE in Round Rock this year and am very disappointed. The SE drives rough and I can’t wait to trade it in when the CPL store opens and get back into an LE. Welcome Cavender Family!!!

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lyndsey began working as a reporter for the Northwest Austin edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2012. During her time as a reporter, she has covered Round Rock ISD, health care in the Austin metro area and Austin Community College. She was promoted to editor of the Cedar Park| Leander edition in 2015 and covers city and education news, including Leander ISD.
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