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Valley AutoNation Toyota doubles showroom space, and more to come

Saturday's Spokesman Review featured a quick story on the visit by AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson to celebrate the Spokane Valley reopening of its newly remodeled AutoNation Toyota Scion Spokane Valley dealership.

For those who work for the company here, it was quite the deal. The photo above was shot the morning of Friday, Feb. 14, showing a brand new Toyota Tundra out front of the new showroom. This was right during Jackson's visit to the dealership.

Inside, you can make out some of the guests and associates gathered for an employee breakfast and presentation.

The automobile dealership, at 8600 East Sprague Ave., is one of 10 AutoNation locations in Spokane County.

Later that day we chatted by phone with Dustin Esco, the GM for AutoNation's Valley Toyota dealership. One question we had: How much pressure does Toyota put on companies to upgrade facilities?

His answer: “It's not actual pressure. But they do want their facilities (at franchises) to be state of the art and up to speed.”

Esco said the downtown Larry H. Miiller dealership group is already doing the same kind of remodel.

In 2009 Parker Toyota in Coeur d'Alene invested a large sum in a complete rebuild of its dealership.