Toyota to call former Lacks Furniture building home


Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.

An automotive pro plans to breathe new life into one Victoria building.

Ben Keating, who owns Toyota of Victoria, recently purchased the former Lacks Furniture building at 5802 N. Navarro St. for an undisclosed amount.

Although he has no definite plans for the building, the property is next to the Toyota lot and offers a good chance for expansion, he said Tuesday.

Keating said he did not expect to make any major changes to the building for a couple of years, but said new light poles, which match the dealership's, should go in after the new year.

The company then plans to park new Toyotas on the lot.

"We've grown the business enough that we need the room," he explained.

The site's frontage space on Navarro Street was a major selling point, Keating said, noting it sits on a significant bend. Once updates are complete, he said he expected the place would be a "good-looking spot."

In the meantime, it's taken on a seasonal feel.

Holiday Hills Christmas Trees calls the parking lot home with its red-and-white tent. It's something Keating has tied into the car business.

"We're giving away a free tree with any new Toyota we sell," he said.



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