Volvo dealer expands in Woodstock, Ont.
By Andrew Snook
Gerry’s Truck Centre celebrated the opening of its new truck service and sales centre in Woodstock, Ont. with an open house earlier this month.
The event was marked with tours of the new 15,000-sq.-ft. truck centre with a variety of new Volvo trucks on display for ride-and-drives, including the 2019 Volvo VNL, VHD and the all new VNR and VNX.
The expansion marks the second facility for Gerry’s Truck Centre, which operates its first location out of London, Ont. The business was first started up by Gerry Wardle in 1981 and has been a Volvo dealer since 1990. It is currently operated by Gerry’s sons Mike Wardle (dealer principal) and Doug Wardle (sales manager).
Mike began checking out properties for an expansion two years ago, and started construction on the Woodstock facility last year. It opened to the public near the end of 2017, but Mike didn’t want to have the open house until every aspect of the truck centre was in full operation. He says the new truck centre is already buzzing with work.
“The service techs have more work than they can handle,” Mike says.
In addition to selling Volvo’s lineup of trucks, the company also services a wide variety of trucks and can order special custom-built Volvo trucks.
Mike says the biggest demand comes from a combination of highway components for heavy-haul; refrigeration vehicles; dry van; auto parts; but also do custom-order trucks for other types of specialized hauling.
The Woodstock location has room for expansion, although no new construction is planned for the immediate future.
“It may take two years or 10 years, we don’t have a real timeline,” Mike says, adding that it will be dependent on economic growth in Woodstock and the surrounding communities. “We can double the shop size if we need to. We could have the capacity for 18 trucks. We can fit nine now, comfortably.”
Gerry’s Truck Centre’s Woodstock location is located at 1349 Parkinson Rd. in Woodstock, Ont. For more information, visit www.gerrystrucks.com.