The owners of Rubio Premier Motors in Speonk have been busy tidying up the former Pastor Chevrolet dealership off Montauk Highway in Westhampton, where they plan to relocate their auto repair business in the next month.
Stacy Rubio said she and her husband, Rob, are close to finalizing the purchase of the 2.6-acre property that sits south of Montauk Highway and west of Beaverdam Creek. She did not know the name of the current owner, who is listed in Southampton Town records only as 69 Montauk Highway LLC. The site has sat vacant since the family owned Pastor Chevrolet dealership closed in 2010 after 40 years of business.
“We are in need of additional space, which is a great thing,” Ms. Rubio said last week, explaining their decision to move the business. “We’re getting a lot of great feedback from the community.”
Rubio Premier Motors has operated for close to six years at a site off North Phillips Avenue in Speonk. The Rubios and their sons, Chase and Reid, 14-year-old twins, and Gage, 11, have spent countless hours on weekends, and after work and school, painting and preparing the inside of the roughly 16,000-square-foot building that will serve as the new home for the family business.
The relocated business will offer the same services—automotive repair, maintenance, inspections, detailing and dealer-level diagnostics—and Ms. Rubio said she and her husband hope the large parking lot will be suitable for events, such as car shows or fundraisers.
“He loves what he does—he really knows the idiosyncrasies about every make and model,” Ms. Rubio said of her husband, who grew up around automobiles and helped run his family’s former business, Manhattan Motor Cars and Westhampton Coachworks, before branching off and opening his own shop.
When asked why her husband has found such success, she offered: “He’s trustworthy. I think that’s what kind of sets him apart.”
Ms. Rubio also added that the business will continue to offer pick-up and delivery services, as well as a kid-friendly and comfortable waiting area with wireless internet access. “We will be an asset to the community,” she said.
Clare Vail, the principal planner for Southampton Town, said the Rubios have clearance to move their business into the former dealership property. The lot is zoned Highway Business, which requires a special exception permit for an auto repair shop, but Ms. Vail explained that the permit and certificate of occupancy will carry over from the previous business, Pastor Chevrolet.
Jeff Pastor, who inherited Pastor Chevrolet from his father, Bernard Pastor, is also the agent for Mill River Realty overseeing the sale of the property. When reached last week he said he could not comment on the sale or identify the current owner.
Pastor Chevrolet closed its doors in 2010 after General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The property and the structure are valued at about $3.4 million, according to town records.
The Rubio family, meanwhile, hopes to open shop at their new location within the next month.
“We’re working as quickly as we can,” Ms. Rubio said.