KTVQ.com | The Rimrock Auto Group held a groundbreaking ceremony on their new Volkswagen dealership.
The ceremony took place just west of the intersection of Shiloh Road and King Avenue, which is where the new dealership will be located.
Various elected officials were on hand and spoke at the ceremony, including the mayor of Billings, Tom Hanel, Montana state senator Jeff Essman, state representative Ken Peterson, and Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund.
Co-owner of the Rimrock Auto Group, Steve Zabawa, emceed the groundbreaking.
Zabawa also spoke at the groundbreaking noting the economic boost the dealership will bring to Billings in the form of 50 new jobs and an annual $30 million in revenue.
Zabawa says Volkswagen has spent $5 billion in the past three years developing an American market base -and will be a force to reckon with when it comes to sales in coming years.
The dealership will take up roughly 2.6 acres of the Shiloh Crossing area-but Zabawa says people can expect more development from Rimrock Auto Group and other large Billings businesses .
“St. V’s owns across the street, First Interstate Bank, and next to Kohl’s Scheels is going over there,” said Zabawa. “And we’re looking to expand and put our other franchises up here on this same corner. We have 11 acres tied up. And the Volkswagen is just the very beginning of what the Rimrock Auto Group plans to do for this corner.”
Scheels All-Sports has not announced a move to Shiloh corner from their current Rimrock Mall location.
However, the company is looking to expand to a larger space in Billings and they have expressed interest in the Shiloh Crossing, as well as several other locations.