by Brent Swan
After nearly two years of planning, Dave Dorais is now able to take a deep breath as construction begins on the latest remodeling of Dorais Chevy Buick GMC, 473 S. Miami St., Wabash. Dorais recently unveiled the construction plans, which are slated to be completed around the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We’ve been talking about this for two years, kind of a what would you do if we decide to move forward,” Dorais said. “This set of plans has changed countless times. We’ve gone from remodeling the current building to where we are now.”
According to Dorais, the plan is to completely rebuild the service department first, utilizing the current space, but essentially rebuilding from the walls up, then move on to building a new showroom as well as new office space.
“In the two years of planning, we were trying to save it,” Dave said of the building his family has owned since 1951. “Once you realize that isn’t practical, it became easier to make the decision to build new. It’s all about the customer experience - from the service to sales, you want to make the customers as comfortable as possible.”