Opening a multi-million-dollar facility involves months of behind the scenes work, more especially when large corporations are involved such as one the size of Nissan.
Ricky and Dustin Miller announced last spring their plans to open Miller & Miller Nissan with the groundbreaking set for January 2017. The opening originally planned for the fall of 2017 may have a slight delay but all efforts pursued and ground broke yesterday for the new Miller & Miller Nissan dealership. There were scores of supporters, local and state dignitaries, and loyal customers on hand to witness the groundbreaking.
When Ricky Miller first announced the opening of the dealership, he stressed the importance of local contractors, “Our number one goal is to use as many of the local subcontractors as we can. We’re very grateful to the community and we want the work to be done by as many local firms as possible, at both stores.”
The use of local businesses started at the onset with Paul Donofro, owner of Donofro Architects designing and implementing the plans for the new dealership. Donofro Architects were engaged by Miller & Miller in early 2016, and charged with transitioning a design concept, which was developed by another design firm, into a set of permit construction drawings and bidding specifications. Donofro stated that their firm along with their sub-consultants, were responsible for the surveying, geo-tech, environmental, architectural planning, the civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, and all of the “nuts and bolts” planning and construction details. Donofro is also responsible for all communication with Nissan and for securing review and approval of all construction documents from Nissan, “We started with the design development and intricate planning and coordination back in September, and we are complete with the planning process.” Donofro completed the planning for the new facility and anticipates it will be complete by late January. The day came yesterday to put the shovel in the ground and get the show on the road for Miller & Miller Nissan.
As soon as the new Nissan dealership is up and running, expected to be in early 2018, Miller will begin work on a complete renovation of the existing GM dealership on Marianna’s west end. The present Nissan building there likely will be torn down, Miller said, to improve access to the busy store overall, especially the entrance to the service shop. An improved service lane will be created. The renovations and remodeling of Miller & Miller Chevrolet Buick Inc. will begin after they move into the Nissan store, Miller said.
As far as staffing for the new dealership, that’s all in the works. Michael Mitchell, who has been with Miller & Miller for 12 years, will be executive manager/general manager. William Long will be general sales manager. Dustin Miller graduated from University of Florida Law School in May of 2016 and returned to Marianna to become partner at both dealerships.
Ricky Miller started as a salesman at Rahal Chevrolet in 1993 and began buying in with Mr. Quen Rahal in 1997. The late Quen Rahal bought the dealership from Creshull Harrison in 1974. Harrison Chevrolet was opened in the 1930s.
Following the ground breaking, breakfast was served to those attending.