Feb. 24, 2022 By Christian Murray
The owners of a large auto dealership on Northern Boulevard are constructing a new show room that is expected to open this fall.
Major World, which is located at 43-40 Northern Blvd., is building a new facility that will replace its existing building. The new building is going up on an adjoining lot.
The new show room will be much larger than its existing building and will house the dealership’s main offices and car preparation area. It will be a Chevrolet dealership where the latest Chevrolet models will be on display.
The company’s pre-owned vehicles will be behind the new showroom. Major World is best known for its large selection of pre-owned vehicles of all makes and models.
“The new building has been in the works for nearly a decade,” according to Eric Keltz, a compliance officer for Major World. “The existing building went up in the 1980s and has aged. The new building will be modern and help enhance the display of our new cars.”
Keltz said that the auto industry in New York remains strong, despite ongoing supply issues and New York City’s political leaders advocating for alternative modes of transportation.
He said that the dealership has a national and regional customer base due to the Internet. Furthermore, he said, the fleet of vehicles on the road in New York are aging and need to be replaced.
Keltz said that the supply of new and used vehicles at Major World and across the industry is down. He said that Major World has about half its typical inventory of pre-owned cars and about 10 to 20 percent of the typical supply of new vehicles.
“The whole industry has a shortage of cars,” Keltz said.
The existing Major World building will be demolished once the new showroom is complete. However, the company has not determined a date.
The new showroom is going up across the street from 44-01 Northern Blvd. where a 13-story, 354-unit development is being built. Major World once operated on the site along with an auto body shop and garages. The site is being developed by Silverstein Properties, which filed permits in November to demolish the buildings.