A new dealership is taking shape on Interstate 35, and it has nothing to do with cars, trucks or a “Motor Mile.”
It dotes on farm combines and four-wheel-drive tractors priced at $300,000, and utility vehicles running $15,000 to $20,000.
And it will become Waco’s new John Deere store when owner Brent Neuhaus opens it in January 2016.
At 40,000 square feet, the multi-million-dollar facility is almost twice as large as Neuhaus’ Brazos Valley Equipment building at 1601 LaSalle Ave., where John Deere products have been sold since 1964 and Neuhaus has been dealing since 1980.
“We outgrew it probably a few years ago,” said Neuhaus, who bought out his father, Vincent Neuhaus, a long-time John Deere dealer locally. “To be honest, we were waiting for the right location to become available, with the utilities we need, accessibility for large equipment and visibility for our customer base. It just seems like everything came together.”
The family closed on 10-plus acres right across the interstate from Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. It lies within the city of Robinson and the Midway Independent School District, not far from a 635-acre site the John and Jeff Bowden families sold to the Waco Industrial Foundation in 2013 for industrial and commercial development.