Erdman Automotive moves closer to new Cocoa location
Mike Erdman, Fredrika Erdman, Deputy Mayor of Cocoa Don Boisvert, Assistant City Manager of Cocoa Matthew Fuhrer and Cocoa Economic Development Manager Larry Lallo break out the shovels for Erdman Automotive Group’s new dealership site in Cocoa.
SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler
Erdman Automotive Group is on the move, breaking ground on a new dealership site along the west side of Interstate 95 and north of State Road 520 in Cocoa. The completion date is expected to be early 2018.
A large crowd of political and business leaders, news media representatives, employees and guests braved the heat on Aug. 4 at the new site to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony.
Moving from their Merritt Island locations will be Erdman Toyota, Erdman Nissan and Mike Erdman Pre-Owned onto the new 35-acre site that will include a total of 160,000 square feet of buildings. Mike Erdman Cadillac will remain on Merritt Island and will expand into the current Erdman Toyota area. The body shop will expand, and the express lane will remain.
According to Mike Erdman, this new location has been in the planning stages for quite some time and took a while for all the pieces to fall into place. He also stated that all his dealerships are built on relationships and partnerships with customers for the long term. He added that this will be a state-of-the-art, destination facility for purchasing vehicles.
This dealership move is expected to generate a boost in the tax base for the City of Cocoa and also accelerate the general business growth for this area of I-95, SR-520 and SR-524. A Flying J Travel Center and a large Walmart distribution center also are slated for this newly developing commercial area.