CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A beloved luxury car brand will be coming back to western Massachusetts. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced Wednesday that Mercedes-Benz intends to build a dealership at the site of the former Plantation Inn on Burnett Road.
The site is in a highly visible and traveled location, right at the end of Interchange 6 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and the end of Interstate 291.
Kos said this was a deal in the works for the last year. He said he expects it to make a positive economic impact.
“So it will be almost a nearly $12 million a year investment in the removal and creation of a new building. Initially, over 35 jobs for the area,” Kos said.
Chicopee residents 22News spoke with like the idea of locating a dealership there.
“If it’s going to help the city by getting rid of something that’s eventually going to become an eyesore, why not put something that could help the city financially, with bringing people in who want expensive cars off the Pike?” Emily Linzi of Chicopee said.
Despite its fall on hard times in recent years, the former Shine Inn, built in 1960, had at one time been one of western Massachusetts’ premier hotels. It will soon be demolished
Having the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee will fill a void in the local car market. The only Mercedes-Benz dealership in the area, Lewbar Imports in West Springfield, closed nearly 10 years ago, leaving local residents to have to travel to Hartford or the Worcester area to buy a new Mercedes. The site of the former Lewbar Imports is becoming a new Balise Kia dealership.