Steamboat Motors adding inventory

Rummagers settling in to downtown location

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Steamboat Motors on U.S. Highway 40 is constructing a new parking lot adjacent to its current lot to accomadate growing business.

— The new parking lot under construction at Steamboat Motors not only will add space to maneuver at the crowded dealership, but also will allow for dozens more cars to be added to the inventory.

"We're probably going to enlarge our selection of used cars," General Manager Jeff Steinke said. "There will also be more customer parking for the service department."

Steinke estimated 65 used cars would be added to the inventory and on display in the new parking lot - nearly a 50 percent increase in Steamboat Motors' current inventory. The parking lot is slated for completion in late August; Steinke said it would take another 30 days to fill the lot with the new selection of used cars.

The parking lot is being built on the former site of a building that Steamboat Motors owned and rented before tearing it down earlier this month. The building's most recent tenant was Rummagers thrift store, which has moved to a new downtown location on 11th Street, behind the Peak Fitness Center. Rummagers owner Rose Atkins said she is happy with the new location.

"We're getting a lot of traffic through there," Atkins said. "Eleventh Street is hopping right now. It's been a little slow after relocating, but it's picking up and I hope that will continue."

Atkins said the store still sells "all the same stuff" and is currently accepting donations.

At Steamboat Motors, Steinke said some new landscaping would be done at the dealership in addition to the parking lot's construction.

"The whole area is going to look more appealing," Steinke said.

Steinke said the dealership has needed additional space for a few years and a surge in the used car market spurred the parking lot's construction.

"We decided the market's growing to the point that we needed additional space," Steinke said.

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