July 26, 2019
With three import dealerships nearby, retail and services on the way and residential development taking off, Jim Mellish thought Strachan Road would be a great location for Medicine Hat Nissan’s new dealership.
Currently, Medicine Hat Nissan operates out of their current dealership at 1750 Gershaw Drive, near Medicine Hat Regional Airport and the city’s southwest industrial area. Over the years, the 9,000 square foot showroom and office building has been updated and renovated.
In 2016, Nissan and the dealership’s owners began working on a brand-new building and enlisted Mellish, managing partner and general manager of Medicine Hat Nissan, to facilitate the design.
“We are quite literally busting out of this space,” says Mellish. “In 2017 and 2018 we were number one in new vehicle sales of import vehicles in the city.”
At approximately 24,000 square feet, the new Medicine Hat Nissan dealership will fit 10 vehicles in the showroom, have a drive thru express lube, vehicle detailing area, separate offices for sales staff and a guest lounge with a children’s area.
With staff wellness in mind, Mellish incorporated a rooftop garden and fitness centre into the building design. The garden will serve as a quick escape for hard working staff. The fitness centre will ensure staff stays on top of their game.
Currently, Medicine Hat Nissan employs 22 staff and more will be hired. A full detail staff of up to four people, approximately two auto technicians, two people to work in drive thru express lube, potentially two salespeople and an appointment coordinator, plus parts delivery staff are expected to join the team in the new dealership.
On the new lot, a carport will double as hail protection for 100 vehicles and generate up to 290 megawatt hours of electricity for Medicine Hat Nissan. Local renewable energy mechanical company Terralta has been contracted to build the carport system.
Medicine Hat Nissan is part of a flurry of construction activity underway in Medicine Hat’s south commercial node. The location is highly sought after in part for its visibility and easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway, which reaches a catchment area of up to 140,000 people, including Bow Island, Brooks and Swift Current, Sask.
Construction on the new dealership began four months ago, after purchasing three acres of land on Strachan Road from Canalta Group. Next to Medicine Hat Nissan, Canalta Group is developing 14 acres of land, including a Boston Pizza and an A & W that are open for business. Also nearby, South Country Coop’s gas bar and liquor store development is complete.
Mellish and his staff at Medicine Hat Nissan are looking forward to working in the new dealership and plan to move into the new building when it is complete in spring 2020.