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Volvo Breaks Ground at Scottsdale Autoshow

(L to R) Adam Mays, President of A.R. MAYS Construction; Jason Church, General Manager of Courtesy Volvo of Scottsdale; Scott Gruwell, General Manager of Courtesy Chevrolet; Bill Gruwell, President of Courtesy Automotive; Delbert Ray, Sr., SRPMIC President; and Council Members David Antone, Archie Kashoya and Michael Dallas Sr., participate in the Volvo groundbreaking ceremony.

The first vehicle dealership in the new Scottsdale AutoShow at Salt River has broken ground. Courtesy Volvo of Scottsdale held a groundbreaking ceremony on January 26. The dealership is set to open for business this summer.

The Volvo franchise is one of six dealerships committed, along with Ford, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler and Volkswagen, to build in the 70-acre auto mall just west of Loop 101 and south of Indian School Road. Other dealerships are expected to start construction later this year.

“We are very excited about the new brand Volvo and also the partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Scott Gruwell, president of Courtesy Automotive.

SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr., and Council members David Antone, Archie Kashoya and Michael Dallas represented the Community at the groundbreaking. Kashoya provided the opening prayer.

The auto mall is expected to bring millions of dollars of tax revenue into the Community and create hundreds of jobs.

“We have the best intersection in the western United States to sell Volvos. This site is probably the best to sell cars in Maricopa County,” said Jim Mullen, president of Mullin 360, an automotive real-estate development firm.

President Delbert Ray Sr. welcomes everyone to the Community during the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Courtesy automotive brand has been serving Phoenix since the 1950s, and Volvo will be its first new store since the 1950s. Courtesy Automotive started as a family business in 1955, founded by Ed Fitzgerald. Not long after that, William Gruwell joined the family and the business, and today he leads the organization as president of Courtesy Automotive, joined by his sons and son in-law.

The dealership will offer a full line of new Volvo cars and SUVs.

“It’s a time like this when we can go and look back and reflect and ask what does a dealership offer and its relationships, and it’s important to recognize the relationships we are building,” said Jason Church, general manager of Courtesy Volvo of Scottsdale.

Five the nine designated parcel spaces in the auto mall have been leased. For leasing information, visit www.saltriverautoshow.com.