Caprara Honda holds grand opening ceremony

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Bill and Jan Cratsenberg look at cars in the showroom of the new F.X. Caprara Honda dealership during grand opening ceremonies Thursday afternoon in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The newly opened F.X. Caprara Honda dealership on outer Bradley Street held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting event throughout the day Thursday.

The dealership had officially opened for business May 9. The 38,000-square-foot facility is co-owned by brothers Charles G. and William F. Caprara. Frank Caprara Jr., a dealership manager, said business has been steady thus far.

Watertown resident Richard A. Davis, who was visiting the dealership Thursday, said he is happy he no longer has to go to Syracuse to seek out a Honda dealership.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” he said. “It’s nice to have one close to home.”

Watertown resident Herb Frost said he is also pleased with the dealership’s proximity, and he praised the customer service at the new dealership.

“They’re friendly and they’re real fair,” he said.

The facility sits just east of Interstate 81 in the town of Pamelia and is the first business to open there as part of an 88-acre corporate park owned by Purcell Construction Corp.

The dealership employs 75 people and has around 400 cars for sale on its lot. The building also features a service center with 12 service bays and 10 lifts, an automotive parts center, a second-story space for managerial offices and conference rooms, a waiting room and a “Kids Zone” for children to play in.

The dealership will continue its grand opening event throughout the weekend.

By Brian Molongoski, Watertown Daily Times