New Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village staged spectacular grand opening May 16
By Tom Barry
On a perfect spring afternoon May 16, Kuni Lexus staged a memorable grand opening event at its new luxurious Greenwood Village location at I-25 and Belleview Avenue.
Well more than 1,000 guests and dignitaries arrived and walked down an expansive red carpet that led to the entrance. The staff at this distinctive dealership was attired in crisp black tuxes while the women wore elegant evening gowns for the event. Lexus customers and friends came together to celebrate the affair, which was also a major fundraiser for the Denver Health Foundation.
Gregg Stone, Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village president and general manager, is joined by his wife Laura at the grand opening at the new location.
Gregg Stone, Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village president and general manager, greeted guests and staff that had gathered outside for the jubilant celebration. He thanked everyone for coming and introduced Greg Goodwin, CEO of the Kuni Automotive Group headquartered in Vancouver, Wash. Goodwin recalled having been general manager of the former facility in Littleton and shared fond recollections of Colorado.
“We would like to thank the City of Greenwood Village and their staff for helping to make this vision come true,” Stone said.
Mayor Ron Rakowsky said he was proud to have this first-class dealership in the city. Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe was then recognized for her efforts of bring Kuni to this location, as she was mayor at the time when the process began.
The man-about-town John Brackney, CEO and president of South Denver Metro Chamber, organized the groundbreaking. With a clip of the scissors the lace ribbon dropped and Stone proclaimed with a wide smile, “Welcome to Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village.”
Kuni Lexus executives Gregg Stone (right, holding scissors) and Greg Goodwin cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the group’s new Greenwood Village dealership at I-25 and Belleview. They were joined by city and county officials at the extravaganza.
Kuni Lexus a dream facility
Stone said, “I dreamed of a day when we could build an optimal timeless facility at this location, providing a gem and gateway into the city of Greenwood Village.”
Attendees walked down the red carpet and into the new facility and came upon a two-story 40-foot-high glass water wall in the entryway that was adorned with decorative arrays of colorful flowers on the side.
The eyes of the guests were wide open as they strolled through the first floor with all the marble and stone and vaulted ceilings. There is a grand staircase leading up to the second level.
At the base of the main stairwell there is a small glass floor above showing the undercarriage of a new Lexus convertible. The sales staff utilizes laser pointers to illustrate the safety and mechanical features of the car to guests.
The new Kuni Lexus dealership at I-25 and Belleview resembles a resort-like atmosphere. The second floor features a library along with iPads for customers to read current publications. There are also a vintage 1917 billiards table, comfy chairs, a fireplace and large screen TV.
Lorie and her twin daughters Ellie and Brooke enjoy the north patio along with other guests at the Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village grand opening. RTD’s Light Rail passes by the east side of the dealership at I-25 and Belleview Avenue.
A luxury resort-like experience
The designer and builder of this grandiose facility was Michael Graves, who was decked out in a flashy blue custom-made smoking jacket-style tuxedo, and he was recognized for his illustrious masterpiece – the new Lexus dealership. Graves said the building had been constructed with a green energy conscious theme. He utilized many Colorado materials in the building of the efficient facility.
There is a library and comfy chairs on the second floor, along with a vintage 1917 pool table for customers to enjoy while waiting for their car to be serviced. Two massive patios with lawn furniture on the north and south side provide an unencumbered view of the Rocky Mountains.
“We wanted to build a facility that our guest would be comfortable spending time in that would match the quality of our Lexus vehicles,” said Stone.
Customers can also enjoy movies in a custom theater with three screens while they wait. There are also numerous business workstations available.
“We created an environment that is comfortable for our guests. We provide numerous luxury amenities to create the resort environment,” said Stone, who was joined at the impressive occasion with his wife Laura and daughter Samantha, who works with NBC Sports in New York.
Kuni Lexus has won the Elite Lexus Award of Excellence for a total of 15 years.
The dealership is nearly paperless and to make a green statement the staff utilizes Apple iPads for nearly all transactions. There are hardly any hard copies of books, newspapers or magazines. These publications are available for customers on iPads.
“We are using technology to eliminate unnecessary paper waste,” said Stone. “To keep with the full line of Lexus luxury fuel efficient hybrids that we offer – we wanted to incorporate green elements in our facility.”
Kuni’s new 6.5-acre facility has 196,000 square feet and features more than 20,000 sq. ft. of amenities. The service center has 52 bays and can accommodate more than 150 vehicles each day.
“I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of great Lexus guests over the years,” said Shawn Evans, the general sales manager who was joined at the event with his wife Tamara and daughter Ashley, who also works at the dealership. “This new facility will provide us an opportunity to work with thousands more and the ability to deliver an even higher level of customer service.”
The Goel family: Saroj, Virendra and Merra stand with Don Hervieux, a service consultant with Kuni Lexus. The Goels have purchased two Lexus vehicles from the dealership and are considering buying a third. They stood together at an “ice bar” made especially for the grand opening May 16.
The Tunisia Band played an ensemble of tunes to entertain more than 1,000 guests at the grand opening.
“Since this event was a ‘first-of-its-kind’ for Denver Health, our goals were to support the grand opening, increase awareness of the partnership between the Denver Health Foundation and Kuni Lexus, and raise dollars to support the work of Denver Health,” said Kayla Arnesen, a Denver Health spokeswoman.
Numerous companies partnered to raise money for this noteworthy organization that assists Denver citizens in providing top-notch health care.
The Epicurean Culinary Group provided Patron Ice Cream Pops and a Ceviche Bar. John Elway’s Restaurant served duck Carnitas tacos and carved beef for sliders. Tag served lamb sliders and braised local goat tostadas.
Michael Graves is the designer and builder of the grandiose Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village dealership.
Shawn Evans, the general sales manager at Kuni Lexus was joined at the grand opening with his wife Tamara and daughter Ashley, who also works at the dealership. “This new facility will provide us an opportunity to work with thousands more and the ability to deliver an even higher level of customer service,” said Shawn.
Gregg Stone, president and general manager of Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village stands with Dr. Art Gonzalez, CEO of Denver Health at the grand opening.
Paula Herzmark, executive director of the Denver Health Foundation, poses in front of a magnificent ice sculpture, as a fundraiser was held for the organization at the Kuni Lexus grand opening.
A shiny new Lexus convertible is displayed on the second floor of the Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village dealership. A glass floor enables customers to view the undercarriage from below on the first floor.
Above the base of a grand staircase at the new Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village location is a glass floor where customers can view the undercarriage of a new Lexus convertible.
Greenwood Village Councilwoman Leslie Schluter attends the Kuni Lexus gala event with friends Jody Lodovic, Jan Budzen, Terri Ingram, M.D. and David Ingram, M.D.
Kuni Lexus employees Christine Holt, the controller, and Niki Littrell a sales and leasing consultant, are decked out in radiant formals for the exceptional grand opening event.
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