VON BIBRA SNARES 'CAR PARK' AT ROBINA
Written on the 4 September 2014 by Nick Nichols
THE von Bibra group has expanded its presence at Robina following the acquisition of a site for a new dealership in the Auto Mall precinct – but all it plans to do with it for now is use it for parking.
The purchase of the 6477sqm site, which settled this week, comes on the heels of the development of two new showrooms by von Bibra to house Mitsubishi and Subaru dealerships at Robina.
These are poised to open next year, making Robina Auto Mall home to the top 10 automotive brands in Australia with the exception of Ford.
Wade von Bibra, the von Bibra group’s general manager, plans to hold off on developing the site for now.
"The land is located next to our operations, with frontage to Christine Avenue, which runs to Robina Town Centre, and is adjacent to the development happening within the CityVillage community, so it certainly made sense for us to buy it," von Bibra says.
"As motor dealers, we are always looking for new space. In the short term, we plan to utilise the site to display or store our vehicles and, over the long term, will definitely develop it to take full advantage of the prime location.
"Whether or not we put another dealership on the site, we don't know at this stage. We plan to leave it for two or three years and see what we decide then."
Von Bibra’s significant investment in Robina began in 2007 with the acquisition of 30,000sqm of land, including Robina Holden.
The group expanded to include Nissan and Honda in 2010, and then a Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi service centre, workshop and parts warehouse in 2012.
Robina Group has reached a milestone through the sale to von Bibra, with the land parcel the last remaining site in the 7.81ha Robina Automall, Queensland's first purpose built automotive precinct.
Strong demand has prompted Robina to look at expanding the precinct which has been an integral part of the suburb’s master plan since inception in the early 1990s.
"We are looking at options to bring more auto uses to adjoining vacant land," says Robina Group general manager Hylton Slater.
"The calibre of automotive brands we've been able to attract to this precinct has been phenomenal.”
Author: Nick Nichols