Stellar begins to work on Tom Bush projects:

Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, has started construction on a $1.4 million Tom Bush Collision Center, converting a former retail store into a collision repair shop.
Upon completion of the project, Stellar will build a $5 million BMW dealership in the former collision center location.

Located at the former Champion's retail space on 9750 Regency Square Blvd., the new Tom Bush Collision Center will feature three deluxe paint booths, two wash canopies, three detail canopies, 18 vehicle-repair stalls and a variety of administrative offices. The projected 44,000-square-foot facility will be almost double the size of the current collision center to be renovated for the BMW dealership.

"This new facility is crucial to our growing company and services," said DeWayne White, manager of the Tom Bush Collision Center. "It will be the area's only one-stop shop for all automotive needs, all operated by Tom Bush associates."

In addition to repairs, the new collision center will offer window tinting, paint and dent work, and glasswork. The space will also feature administrative offices for auto insurance partners.

The new BMW retail space will be a converted space of the current Tom Bush Collision Center, located at 9875 Atlantic Blvd.

"Stellar values community and providing quality solutions for local businesses," said Richard Lovelace, senior vice president of commercial services. "We're happy to be a part of Tom Bush's growth in Jacksonville."

Tom Bush Business Development Manager Megan Bush said the company partnered with Stellar due to its extensive auto dealership portfolio. Stellar has completed more than 20 auto dealership projects to date.

"The auto industry is its own breed," Bush said. "After consulting with our peers, we knew Stellar was skilled in solving those unique challenges. It is exciting for us to work with Stellar in building this new collision center to make a more efficient business process and offer new services."

"It's been a pleasure to work with the Stellar team," White added. "Meetings have been extremely organized, with every detail of the project accounted for. We're excited to provide customers with the top-notch service they expect from the Tom Bush family in an optimized space."

Construction for the new collision center building began earlier this month and is expected to finish in December. Conversion renovations on the existing Tom Bush Collision Center will begin after the new facility opens, paving the way for the new BMW dealership. That project is estimated to take nine to 12 months and will encompass the latest BMW brand standards.

The Tom Bush Family of Dealerships has been operating in Jacksonville for 45 years and in the automotive industry business for nearly a century. The late Tom Bush Jr., purchased and opened his first dealership in Jacksonville in 1970. Since that initial Volkswagen dealership, the family brand has grown to offer Volkswagen, Mazda, BMW, MINI and Motor Trend certified pre-owned vehicles now under the leadership of Tom's son, John Bush.

A fourth generation of family members is now very involved with the business. Brian Bush is currently the E-Commerce manager and Megan is the business development manager.

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