FALMOUTH, MA – Nearly one year to the day after it closed for business, the former Lighthouse Ford property at 343 Dillingham Road in Falmouth changed hands. According to a deed filed on November 11, 2008 the sale price was $1,150,000. or approximately $114/SF of gross building area. The buyer was listed as 1 Lewiston Street LLC, 278 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA. The main business located at this address is Falmouth Marine. Ford Motor Company was represented by CB Richard Ellis. The asking price was in the range of $1.6 Million.
Lighthouse Ford closed in November 2007 as part of a dealership consolidation program spearheaded by the Big Three automobile manufacturer. The dealership was operated as Falmouth Ford for many decades up until 2004 when it became Lighthouse Ford. The property conveyed to Lighthouse Ford Inc. in July 2004 for $1.5 Million.
The special purpose property consists of the 10,080 square foot automotive building on a level 1.73 acre site. The structure was erected in 1967 and was extensively remodeled about the time it became Lighthouse Ford.
Ford dealerships continue to be operating in Hyannis and Chatham as well as in Wareham and Plymouth.
The widely reported troubles in the automotive sector have resulted in the closing of many dealerships in the past year. Quite coincidentially is the recent closing of a Long Island, NY dealership similarly named Lighthouse Ford which also opened its doors in 2004. A message on the NY dealership’s website sums up the situation this way, “Unfortunately as a result of the ever changing market and the stark economic reality facing this country Lighthouse Ford has decided to close its doors on October 31st 2008.”