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Marthaler Ford updating dealership

WORTHINGTON -- The Marthaler Ford dealership on Oxford Street is undergoing a facelift and remodel. The exterior will get a new look and building addition, while the inside changes will include a new showroom floor with new furniture, a new readi...

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Construction moves forward on the expansion of Marthaler Ford in Worthington. (Tim Middagh / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON - The Marthaler Ford dealership on Oxford Street is undergoing a facelift and remodel.

The exterior will get a new look and building addition, while the inside changes will include a new showroom floor with new furniture, a new reading lounge and an area where customers can drive their cars inside for service.

In addition, the parking lot will be completely refinished, with work starting Monday.

General Manager Amy Carlberg and the sales department have moved their offices to the Nobles County Fairgrounds for the month. It may be a hassle for the staff, but Carlberg is happy to see improvements are on the way.

“We’re so excited to have the ride-up area, where customers will be able to pull their vehicles inside and won’t have to wait inside in the cold or rain,” Carlberg said. “And the new customer reading lounge will be all new and bigger - it’s just going to be really good for our customers, and we’re super excited about it.”

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The dealership remains open and customers can still come in for service.

“We’re completely open and we’re working around the construction,” Carlberg said. “We’re happy that people are being patient with us during this remodel, because we know it can be stressful when you’re getting service work done.”

Marthaler purchased the dealership from K & S Motors in February 2013. Carlberg said the dealership was due for a remodel.

“Ford has you do a new face every so often anyways, so we just went a little further by making it more friendly for our customers,” Carlberg said.

She said the remodeling project is scheduled to be completed in August or September.

“We’ll have a big grand opening, so everybody in the public can check it out when it’s all finished,” Carlberg said.

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