Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Confident in the future

From page A4 | October 21, 2013 | 20 Comments

There is no surer auger of the future than the big increases in sales that all car manufacturers in America are seeing. So far year to date sales of light vehicles in the U.S. are up 8.1 percent.

Locally, Thompson Toyota is so confident of the future that it has gutted its entire showroom and service area to completely remodel it and add 1,400 square feet. The big remodeling project will save the dealership money in the long run as it switches to LED lights that it says will be 40 percent more efficient.

The real aim is twofold: No. 1 is to improve the customer experience, and No. 2 is to remake the facade as part of a Toyota national branding look.

The interior amenities will be considerable. They will include Wi-Fi, a fireplace with a TV, plus quiet space for service customers who want to read or work on their laptops. Service customers will not just have coffee and sodas available, but also can make mochas and lattes. Chips, fresh fruits, bagels and a toaster round out the snacks for those waiting to have their vehicle serviced or conclude a deal on a new or used vehicle.

“The idea is to create an amazing experience for the customers and associates who work here. The materials are more comfortable, warmer and offer a welcoming experience for customers, kind of like when you walk into your house. Some dealerships are big places and feel cold. We want to feel open, but be a happy, cozy place,” said Jeff Thompson, executive general manager of the company.

They sound like good plans that will keep Thompson’s Toyota No. 1 in customer satisfaction.

Thompson’s is the latest to show confidence in the future. This year also saw Tractor Supply open in the building that formerly housed this newspaper’s offices. The Mountain Democrat’s confidence in the local business outlook is the reason we gutted the old Blockbuster building and remodeled it into an “open but happy, cozy place.”

More new businesses call us each month to have their story told. The next big new business will be Kohl’s that is going in between the Payless shoe store and SaveMart in Prospector Plaza.

Thompson Toyota plans to have its remodeled showroom and service center open in mid-January. And 2014 is looking pretty good.

Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 20 comments

  • pvl residentOctober 17, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Kohl's? I thought it was Ross Dress for Less. That's what your newspaper reported. I wish it was Kohl's.

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  • MorrisOctober 21, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Gotta wonder which side of it's proverbial neck The Mountain Democrat is talking out of now. One minute old Helena Handbasket is reporting (commenting) about the doom and gloom of the Progressives leading us to ruin by mishandling the economy/business climate (clean water/breathable air/human dignity) and/or the Feds (the black guy) intruding upon small business and driving them to aforementioned liberal ruin and the next... TADA!.....Confidence in The Economy. No, really, TMD doesn't appear self-serving at all. Selfishly ignorant will do just fine. Richard wears it rather well.

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  • EvelynOctober 21, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Morris: You're skeptical!!!

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  • MorrisOctober 21, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Yes, Evelyn, a bit of a skeptic at times. As well...a perennial optimist. So you can imagine the right brain left brain slug fests can sometimes get the hamster wheel a whirring. But my true raison d'être is calling out hypocrisy and its cousin the thinly veiled agenda. That just butters my biscuit.

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  • Oh BrotherOctober 17, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Kohl's would be awesome!!!

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  • MorrisOctober 18, 2013 - 2:41 am

    So which side of the proverbial neck is The Mountain Democrat talking from now? All this gushing about confidence in the business climate (economy) seems a bit at odds with Helena Handbasket's usual reporting (commentary) about how the country (the black guy) is heading / leading us over a precipitous and doom-laden cliff. So which one is it...Dick?

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  • PvillejackOctober 21, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Nice free ad for Thompsons.

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  • James E.October 21, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Placerville doesn't need a Kohl or any kind of dress store, because Placerville gets all its clothing from L.L. Bean (free shipping). What we need in Placerville is a Luby's Cafeteria.

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  • MorrisOctober 21, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    James....another Southerner in the mix? Excellent idea. And I'd kill for some real food. On a LuAnn Platter. Can almost see the beginning wiggly salad line then to the 'Serve you a meat?' people, down into fried okra land with a stop off at broccoli and cheese casserole town. Next stop: Cook them and they will come field of messoh greens. Quick roll thru the buttery rolls and cornbread (grab me some stuffed jalapenos on yer way down the line please) slicked up for a slide into home at The Pie Lady. If you said 'Nilla Pudding' then you ARE a Southerner. And dammit!!! I want some sweet tea that you CAN'T read the newspaper thru and isn't made if lavender, camomile or Shaquille ONeill for that matter. Phil and I will save you a place at our corner booth. We eat at 3 now tho. Don't want to miss the discount or get home too late for wheel.

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  • James E.October 21, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Morris, from my years in Texas I'm a big Luby's fan. I once wrote the CEO asking if they could come to California and he said never because of high labor costs (hmmm, were those illegals on the serving lines in Texas). Two weeks after I received his letter he committed suicide? Was it my California request? Then the replacement CEO died a couple of months later from a heart attack. So sad, but I still want a Luby's in Placerville. I've eaten at Morton, Ruth's, and Henry's, but I still prefer Luby's. Just good comfort food.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 21, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    James, you can get Luby's here ~~~ LINK - Jiffy Luby's El Dorado Hills

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  • MorrisOctober 21, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    How about Cracker Barrel? We could start a petition or make a community video singing and dancing Bollywood style to the praises of all things Cracker. Cause El Dorado County is full of Crackers so we'd just need the barrel. (The other KIND Phil but thank you in advance for helping) If that fails we could go for Waffle House; a personal favorite for the 4am retired planters in flat billed caps drinking coffee and ******** about everything while the juke box plays Colt Ford........and the Waffle House Song LIKE THIS....................See me and my ole lady we been fightin a bunch. And I aint quite sure but I got me a hunch. Now I know I been drinkin but im thinkin kinda clear. This is the truth and I aint leavin this booth. Until I tell everybody exactly what she done. I done called my boy's son and told him bring my gun. I'm tryin to figure out exactly what went wrong. My workin day like the dark to give her a nice home. I aint never been the type to ask for to much. Just a meal now and then and sometimes a slow touch. Tell me what to do man whata ya think. I know the waitress and the cook and they dont care if we drink. I'm just tryin to make sence outta all this ****. Lord I'm not a violent man but the guns in my hnad. Should I stay or should I go or just let it be. Lord the cheatin woman will be the death of me. Meet me at the Waffle House. It's goin down. Just found out my ole ladys been messin around. Met me at the Waffle House. Bring me my gun. Need someone to talk to before I hurt someone. Man my whole world is upside down. I guess I'm about to be the laughing stock of the town. I heard form my cousin its a dozen or more. And I found the Sheriffs badge on the bedroom floor. And ole boy from church said he saw her with the preacher 40 miles from here in a bar drinkin beer. She told me she was havin lunch with her sister. I was home cleanin up wishin I didnt miss her. See love will bring you home but lies brought me here. Heard her and the town Judge been at it for a year. I rekon you cant make a whore a house wife. But I dam sure tried even when she lied. Now I'm sittin here starin at this plate of grits. Thinkin about goin put a bullet in that bitch. Maybe I should shoot everyone of them fellas. But come to think of it son I really aint jelious. Matterfact let me thank yall for makin it clear. Hell fix me a patty melt son pour me a beer. Now I'm scattered, smothered, and and happy to be free. To hell with cheap women yall heard it from me. Meet me at the Waffle House. It's goin down. Just found out my ole ladys been messin around. Met me at the Waffle House. Bring me my gun. Need someone to talk to before I hurt someone. Meet me at the one off 28. My guns in the closet. Under my bad company tapes. And grab that moonshine sittin on the freezer. Its gona easy the pain. The next time I see her. Meet me at the Waffle House. It's goin down. Just found out my ole ladys been messin around. Met me at the Waffle House. Bring me my gun. Need someone to talk to before I hurt someone.

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  • James E.October 21, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Phil, that would be a different Luby's.

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  • rodOctober 22, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Morris, noticed you used “(the black guy)” bait thing a couple of times here. Trying to stir up a little racism … and then slide it under a Republican tent? Good try, and hey, that “left brain right brain slugfest” thing? That’s called a bipolar disorder, maybe give that hamster a rest huh? maybe some medication?… just sayin… Gotta go, burnin daylight here

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  • MorrisOctober 23, 2013 - 2:48 am

    Nice try Rod but no lithium. The 'black guy' reference was used once actually; one of the two posts is a near duplicate. (Submitted original day before/didn't appear online/wrote another version and posted/then BOTH show up online right after each other. Go figure) The point of the 'black' reference is intentional either way. It is my feeling that much of the more extreme criticism heaped upon the The President (and he is The President btw) is largely generated by white guys who don't have the balls to express the truth: They don't approve - in part or whole - because he's black. God help the poor sap thats really black when we elect him. Or her. (Technically speaking, Mr. Obama could claim white just as easily as black) In my opinion, its pretty chicken*** to pretend our discomfort is somehing else and its simply disingenuous. I have more respect for a true racist; at least they speak their REAL feelings without attempting to make themselves feel better about the ugliness that some of us white folks cant man-up to. (however much i may disagree with the racism itself) Lastly, I see the hamster wheel as an asset; albeit somewhat exhausting for me personally at times. Perhaps others too. The ability to argue two mutually opposed ideas/concepts is considered to be an indication of above average intelligence and social consideration. While I consider myself no more intelligent than most folks, I do however consider myself to quite considerate in being fully present to the arguments pro/con of another. In fact, being swayed towards the counterpoint is something truly appreciated. I have yet to know everything; so the pleasure of another's superior argument is appreciated. Certainly changed my position on both the death penalty and abortion...two subjects once thought quite differently from current position.

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  • Ken SteersOctober 22, 2013 - 10:36 am

    At 5 feet tall and well over 300 lbs I find myself uniquely qualified to recommend a close equivalent to Luby's Cafeteria. Try Bud's Buffet on 10th street downtown Sacramento.

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  • James E.October 22, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Ken, making note of Bud's Buffet on 10th street and going there NOW! Man must have his daily bread.

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  • James E.October 22, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Bud's Buffet. Tenth & K Streets, the center of the universe when I was a boy. One corner had the Hale's Department Store, the other had the Sacramento Hotel. The Crest theater and the Senator theater. Hart's restaurant and a 5 and 10 that had a lunch counter. Here is my review of Bud's Buffet: Not a Luby's -- good sandwiches, but stay away from the lasagna as only Italians should make lasagna and Bud is obviously not an Italian.

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  • Little RickyOctober 22, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    You Heard her. NOW!!!

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  • kggOctober 22, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    how much did thompson's pay for this advertisement?

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