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Lexus dealership eyes site off Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver

New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group submits plans for property at the Landing at Vancouver

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 5, 2024, 6:02am
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New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed turning this grassy plot on Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver into a luxury car dealership.
New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed turning this grassy plot on Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver into a luxury car dealership. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A Lexus dealership is in the works off Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver.

New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed the dealership in January, according to planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

Plans show the dealership would lie just north of Mill Plain Boulevard and west of the planned expansion of Southeast 139th Avenue at the Landing at Vancouver.

The dealership is expected to sell and service Lexus vehicles. Holman currently operates Lexus of Seattle in Lynnwood, Kuni BMW in Beaverton, Ore., and Lexus of Portland.

Holman has had a corporate office in Vancouver since the automotive group bought Kuni Automotive in 2016. Kuni was based in Vancouver, with 14 dealerships in five states.

Vancouver doesn’t have a Lexus dealership. The closest is in Portland. Lexus is Toyota Motor Corp.’s luxury brand.

Holman, a family-owned business, started with a single Ford dealership in 1924. Now the automotive group sells brands Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Cadillac, Ford, Honda, Ineos, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lots, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Toyota.

It has locations in eight states — Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The luxury car dealership wouldn’t be the first dealership of its caliber to move into Vancouver recently. Electric car maker Tesla opened a dealership in the city in 2023.

The dealership proposal would require changing the current mixed-use master plan that governs the site and its surrounding property, all owned by the Landing at Vancouver.

Grass and dilapidated pavement cover the site at present. Holman plans to remove it all and put in new landscaping and hardscaping, with 191 parking stalls.

A representative from Holman responded to The Columbian’s inquiries but said the company had no additional information at this time.

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