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Owner sells dealership; abandons plans to build new one

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A plan to build an auto dealership in Lower Nazareth Township has come to a halt. (Contributed)
A plan to build an auto dealership in Lower Nazareth Township has come to a halt. (Contributed)

A plan to build an auto dealership in Lower Nazareth Township has come to a halt.

Andy Wright, vice president of Vinart Dealerships, said he sold his Phillipsburg Easton Hyundai dealership in Stewartsville, N.J., for an undisclosed price to the Brown-Daub organization. He originally planned to move the Stewartsville dealership to a vacant 10-acre site in Lower Nazareth off Hecktown Road and Route 33, where he would build a 25,000-square-foot dealership for new and used car sales.

“We are not going to be moving forward with the project,” Wright said. “The operation is now closed in Stewartsville.”

Brown Daub will open the Hyundai dealership on Butler Street in Wilson Borough, Wright said.

Representatives from Brown Daub were not available for comment.

Though Wright declined to disclose the sale price, the transaction occurred Dec. 28, he said.

“We had gone through the approval process and we decided to change direction,” Wright said.

Vinart Dealerships owns the property at Hecktown Road and Route 33, and Wright said his broker, Steve Cihylik of Hannah Frederick Commercial, is marketing the property.

The parcels Vinart owns are on either side of Commerce Park Drive at the Hecktown Road exit off Route 33, at 227 and 218 Commerce Park Drive, Wright said.

Ever since Lehigh Valley Health Network announced its major campus plan for the area, the area has just “exploded,” Wright said.

“It’s desirable real estate,” Wright said. “We have had a lot of interest.”

Wright said his Allentown and Emmaus dealerships would remain open.

Vinart Dealerships includes Lehigh Valley Acura, Lehigh Valley Honda and Lehigh Valley Hyundai. The company also owns Lehigh Valley Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury brand, and the Vinart Collision Center, he said.

The auto dealership in Stewartsville, a small town in Greenwich Township, Warren County, is the lone dealership in that area of Route 173.

The owner-operator of Star Auto Mall could be opening a new location at the Stewartsville site.

Bloomsbury Squire LLC, a Lehigh Valley-based used car dealer with multiple regional locations trading under various names, bought the Stewartsville property from Vinart Dealerships in 2016.

The Phillipsburg Easton Hyundai transaction was a sale and leaseback, facilitating the relocation of the Hyundai dealership.

Kuldeep Kumar, one of the owner-operators of Bloomsbury Squire, said Star Auto Mall, the operating company, could open the Stewartsville location possibly in a few months.

“We are working on it,” Kumar said. “We are looking to get a new dealership if and when we get it but we will start with used car sales and offer service.”

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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