Atamian takes steps to expand business, community presence
TEWKSBURY — The Atamian Volkswagen and Honda car dealership has broken ground on a half-million dollar expansion of its car lots, taking the first step toward an eventual $10 million expansion of the business in the coming years, said Atamian dealership president Terry Atamian.
The family-owned business has spent more than $1 million on two plots of land along Interstate 495 North, located north of its current dealership, Atamian said.
The additional land clears the way for expanded development of the current business at 150 Main St. The business now owns a total of six acres east alongside Route 38’s I-495 North exit on which to renovate, build and expand.
“We were stymied by being in the same facility for 40 years,” but the purchase of new land and town zoning permits allow for future growth, Atamian said.
The dealership also has just begun the design process for the eventual revamping of its two buildings.
It plans to redesign the first floor of its original building, turning it into a dedicated Volkswagen dealership, and double the space in its second building, which currently serves as a storage building for cars, from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet to accommodate the Honda portion of its business.
Since the building expansion plans will depend on a number of approvals from respective Volkswagen and Honda headquarters, as well as the town’s zoning board, it’s not yet known what the time-line for the buildings’ renovations will be, Atamian said.
But by the end of the expansion process, the dealership plans to increase its staff by 50 percent, adding another 35 workers, he said. In the past 20 years, it has doubled its number of employees to 70, and even in the recession, the business did not have any layoffs, but has been adding employees, Atamian said.
Atamian said that the dealership’s expansion is a sign of the family-owned business’s success even in a trying economic environment, as well as its commitment to the surrounding community.
The family, which has a history of selling cars dating back to 1919, has owned a Volkswagen franchise in Tewksbury since 1969, and a Honda dealership since 1976.
“It has been a lesson passed onto through four generations of Atamians that if you treat your customers and employees fairly you will have success in business,” Atamian said.
For that reason, the business is not only expanding its business presence but deciding to adopt a more visible leadership role as a business committed to community and charitable works, Atamian said.
For the past several years, and even in the economic downturn, the Atamian family business has donated nearly $100,000 annually to scores of local charities and community groups, including The Genesis Fund, Juvenile Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cam Neely Foundation, and various Tewksbury and Lowell youth organizations.
It’s become especially important for businesses to step up and talk about the role they can play in helping the larger community, Atamian said.
“We need to get the word out because these organizations are getting crunched in this current economy, and it might encourage other businesses to step up,” Atamian said.
As a family owned and operated company, we at Atamian Volkswagen and Honda understand that there is more to being part of a community than just running a business within it. We strive to be active with and supportive to the members of our community. Commitment is a key part to our core values, and through this commitment, it allows us to remain a successful operation.
Please contact Herb, Director of Community Activities, to discuss ways that we at Atamian could be supportive to YOUR organization, cause, or event at:
Atamian Volkswagen and Honda
978.851.0578 (ext. 103)
Below please find some links of the organizations that Atamian VW and Honda have helped in their charitable causes:
The Genesis Fund
The mission of The Genesis Fund, a non-profit organization, is to raise funds to enrich the lives of children and their families affected by birth defects, genetic disorders and intellectual disabilities. Our vision is that all children born with physiological and genetic challenges receive the care necessary to maximize their potential.
Susan G. Komen Fund
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) ww5.komen.org
The Cam Neely Foundation
The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care was launched in 1995 by the Neely family after the passing of their parents Marlene and Michael Neely from cancer. This experience created the inspiration to help others living with cancer. With the dream of honoring their beloved parents and the hope of helping others, The Cam Neely Foundation was created to help cancer patients and their families during treatments. As millions of Americans will be diagnosed this year with some form of cancer, an understandable sense of urgency propels the Foundation’s mission.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and more than 75 chapters and branch offices nationwide.
800-FIGHT CF (800-344-4823)www.cff.org
Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
The Jimmy Fund
It all started with a radio broadcast from a young boy’s hospital bed in 1948. The rest is history.
Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has supported the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.
800-52-JIMMY (800-525-4669) www.jimmyfund.org
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber has been committed to providing cancer patients with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.
The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.
866-408-DFCI (866-408-3324) www.dana-farber.org
The Ellie Fund
The Ellie Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that fights breast cancer and eases its effects on patients and families by providing transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious meals free of charge across Massachusetts.
Narsad Brain and Behavior Research Fund
NARSAD raises money from donors around the world and invests it directly in the most promising research projects in mental health.
We help the best and brightest scientific minds unravel the complexities of schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD and childhood disorders that include autism and ADHD. We continue to support them as they develop the next generation of diagnostics and treatments.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
800-533-CURE (800-533-2873) www.jdrf.org
Tewksbury Police Department D.A.R.E.
The Tewksbury Police Department is committed to provide for the safety and security of our community through the judicious enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Constitution of the United States of America. We are dedicated to provide these services with the highest degree of professionalism, honesty, integrity, and character as humanly possible.
2010/2011 Charitable Initiatives
Genesis Fund “A Magical Evening honoring Dr. Murray Feingold”
Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee
Shed Park Youth Baseball/ Highland Sports Association
Tewksbury Youth Baseball
Tewksbury Girls Softball
Cystic Fibrosis /Kevin’s Corner Pocket
Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church
Tewksbury Youth Skating Association
Cape Cod Hospital
The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Cape Cod
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center