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.”
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.