Officials from Jones Ford Buckeye and the City of Buckeye will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony next Wednesday morning for a new state-of-the-art Ford dealership along the high-profile Interstate 10 frontage that city officials hope will spur additional economic development.Ron Jones says the new 36,000-square-foot facility not only reflects maintaining the company’s 35-year commitment to the Buckeye area, but also creates anopportunity for a minimum of 20 new jobs.
“We decided this was a great location not only to attract new business but to provide a beautiful place to serve the thousands of people who have been soloyal to the Jones Ford family over the years. We want to grow with the community while we maintain our core values of caring for our customers,” Jones said.
Jones also added that a key ingredient to the move was the Buckeye City Council’s approval last fall of a decrease in the sales tax on big ticket items over $2,000 to 1.1 percent.
Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck called the groundbreaking for the Jones’ new facility a “signature event” for the city, adding that Buckeye’s single-item sales tax rate is the lowest in Maricopa County on big-ticket items.“Not only can it help Jones Ford Buckeye sell and service more vehicles, we hope it attractsadditional dealerships and retail business to Buckeye,” Meck said. “Of course, that will enhance retail sales tax collections for the city, but it will also mean more shopping opportunities for our residents.
“This is the spark that we hope will start the proverbial fire of economic development in Buckeye,” Meck continued. “This shows that Buckeye is indeed open for business.”
The Jones family owns and operates two other dealerships, in Wickenburg and Casa Grande.