Tarbox Toyota is settling in to its new facility on Quaker Lane after moving from its location on Post Road near Quonset. The multimillion, state-of-the art facility boasts 13 acres – 10 more than its former location – and a slew of services.
The move has been a long time coming for owner Ed Tarbox, who began looking for a new location as early as 2004 after realizing that his business had outgrown its corner lot on Post Road. In 2007, Tarbox found a plot of land nestled between Quaker Lane and Route 4 that would offer plenty of space, visibility and accessibility.
After four years of delays – during which time other Toyota dealer competitors built newer, larger facilities – construction finally began on the new facility last year. The new location can hold up to 600 vehicles (almost double the capacity of the former location). Inside, the building hosts multiple waiting rooms, café, children’s area and even a manicure center.
Because of the Tarbox family’s deep-rooted history in town, Tarbox wanted to remain in North Kingstow – as his family started the dealerlship in the 1920s at its first location on Boston Neck Road.
Furthering his appreciation for family history, Tarbox made sure to integrate past with present in the décor and features of the new building. In the showroom, a mural shows images from the Wickford Lighthouse (where Tarbox’s grandfather grew up during the turn of the century) to his family’s gas station to his former facility. Downstairs in the service area is “Tarbox Boulevard,” where replicas of the former Tarbox storefront line the lower level.
Located at 3671 Quaker Lane, Tarbox Toyota will hold its grand opening June 8 through 10.