LODI, NJ - Mazda of Lodi celebrated its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting along with members of the Lodi Borough Council, Chamber of Commerce, friends, family, and employees on Friday evening.
Guests in attendance included Deputy Mayor Vin Martin of the Lodi Mayor and Council, Lodi Chamber of Commerce Board members James Tassillo and Thomas Rachelski, and representatives from Mazda Corporation. General Manager Glenn Ellis was joined by Diane Braun, Manager, and employees. Grand re-opening festivities will continue on Monday with a car giveaway.
It was a long two-plus years getting to the grand re-opening. The process began with the design phase, and then the dealership went before the borough's planning and zoning boards. The process became more complicated when the pandemic hit in March when the dealership shut for two months.
"It's been very challenging," said Glenn Ellis, General Manager.
Construction continued through the pandemic. Ellis and the staff dealt with no air conditioning throughout the summer and damage to the newly-installed windows from Hurricane Isaias in early August. Ellis thanked the "best staff, managers and workers" who "persevered in hard times."
"We're just happy that Glenn decided to stay in town," said Deputy Mayor Vin Martin. "This was a major renovation and that shows that he's happy here, and we're happy to decided to stay here."
Ellis also received recognition from Thomas Rachelski and James Tassillo of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, presenting him with the organization's "Community Champion of the Year" Award. They explained that Ellis has been an ongoing sponsor of several organizations in town, including the Little League, PBA, Fall Fest, and others, noting “he's very community oriented.”
"We're really very happy to have his business here," said Rachelski.
Mazda of Lodi is located at 130 Route 46 East in Lodi.
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