MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. – The Audi dealership in Mohegan Lake is expanding but it won’t be adding any employees.
That’s because, as the dealership’s owner, Barry Rost, put it, “I don’t have employees.”
“This is a family,” Rost said at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the 11,300-square-foot expansion on Wednesday, July 10.
“This is a very special day for all of us who have been with the company a long time,” he added.
Rost said the story of Mohegan Lake Motors is that of an underdog. Solely a Volkswagen dealer when it began a half-century ago, the company “waged a relentless campaign to be an Audi dealer” almost 25 years ago.
“We became an Audi dealer through the back door,” Rost said.
Mohegan Lake, he said, “was not a logical place to locate an Audi dealership.”
Instead, “they made us a service point,” Rost said. “We couldn’t sell Audis, but we could service them.”
After two years of doing that, Rost no longer had to convince Audi to make Mohegan Lake a full-fledged dealership; his customers were making the case for him.
“One of the greatest accomplishments in my life is to have been an Audi dealer and to continue to be an Audi dealer,” Rost said. “It’s one of the high points of my life. I never take it for granted.”
After two decades, the East Main Street (Route 6) dealership is expanding onto a neighboring parcel, which will house Audi’s new service area.
The expansion was approved Sept. 17, 2018, by Yorktown’s Planning Board. The approval resolution requires Audi to comply with more than a dozen conditions governing lighting, parking and loading.
Rost thanked the town’s Planning Department for working with him on the expansion.
“It is not a cakewalk to get buildings and development done in Yorktown, but there is a sense of partnership,” Rost said.
Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert shared that sentiment. “It feels like a family that’s expanding,” Gilbert said. “Thank you for your commitment to the town. And the town, in turn, is committed to you.”