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Long-Lewis to undergo major renovations

Long-Lewis of Selma announced via a press release Tuesday that it would be remodeling its Selma Ford store in order “to better serve and accommodate customers and employees.”

“Few area companies have shown the dedication to growth and expansion as Long-Lewis,” the press release stated.

The current facility totals 14,000 square feet and the entire 2,000-square-foot showroom is slated to be “drastically” renovated to create a better flow and enhanced comfort.”

“It is a complete ‘gut job’ and rebuild with all new walls and finishes, new millwork and furniture,” the press release stated.

Additionally, Long-Lewis will be constructing the Ford Signature Entry Tower and Exterior Brand Wall with new signage, a New Car Delivery Canopy and painting the remaining exterior of the entire building to match.

“Our success stems from listening to the wants and needs of our customers and employees, as well as strong community involvement and conducting our business the way people want and prefer,” said Long-Lewis of Selma Dealer and General Manager Christopher Oullette. “We are committed to staying the course and living out the core values that drive our decisions and define who we are today as we continue the Long-Lewis tradition and future growth.”

According to the press release, the company “has a very rich history of customer and employee satisfaction that focuses on creating a work environment that promotes a family environment and creates longevity.”

The company currently employees over 700 people and expects for that number to approach 1,000 as it continues to expand its operations.

Additionally, the company noted in the release that it “firmly believes in giving back to the community and to those less fortunate.”

The company sponsors “numerous activities” throughout the year aimed at giving back – in 2013, the Ouellette family established the Long-Lewis Foundation, a privately-funded organization set up to support local evangelical causes in the community, as well as those experiencing financial difficulties due to unforeseen medical and emotional circumstances.

Demolition has already begun on the site, with renovations scheduled to start Feb. 1 and be completed by mid-summer.