Car dealership driving through the Washington Crown Center | Local News

A new company will soon occupy the building that once housed Sears at the Washington Crown Center.

The Township of North Franklin announced this week that construction of the Crown Chrysler Dodge Ram + Jeep will begin this month. The project should last about 10 months.

Kolten Saunders, who will be the dealership’s operations manager, said the Charleston, W.Va.-based company has nine others in West Virginia and Ohio. This will be the company’s first location in Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to open a store in Pennsylvania and be part of the community there,” Saunders said.

The dealership will be full-service, offering new and used cars, parts and service, as well as a Jeep accessory retail store.

Bob Sabot, chairman of North Franklin’s board of supervisors, said in a press release that the business is “a perfect fit for our township.”

“We are very happy and honored to have them and hope their commitment will help inspire others at Crown Center, Sabot said.

Saunders said the township was helpful throughout the process of acquiring the building.

“Bob, in particular, was extremely helpful. Very welcoming to new ventures,” Saunders said.

Sears closed in 2019. It opened in 1964 when the Washington Crown Center was called Franklin Mall.

Sabot said a ribbon cutting will take place when construction is complete.

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