Criswell revving up for another new building in Thurmont

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This rendering by Flanagan Architects shows the new Criswell Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram showroom and service center planned for Thurmont, Md. Neil Kopit of Criswell said the Jeep store on the left side of the building is a Jeep Lifestyle Store. He said the only other one in the Maryland/Virginia/D.C. area is Criswell Jeep in Gaithersburg, Md.

THURMONT, Md. — Criswell Auto plans to expand its presence in Thurmont, Md.

The company previously acquired the Chevrolet dealership in Thurmont and built a new facility on Frederick Road. Now the business is planning to build a new Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram showroom and service center across the street.

“We’re just very, very happy with the community and the business environment up there,” said Neil Kopit, Criswell’s director of marketing.

Criswell, a family-owned and operated business, started in 1972 with a Chevrolet dealership in Gaithersburg, Md. Over the years the company has grown to include a Chrysler Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat outlet in Gaithersburg and centers selling Honda, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Maserati vehicles in Germantown, Md.

Kopit said the company sees opportunity in the Thurmont area, with customers coming from multiple locations, including Frederick and Hagerstown, Md.

“Of course, there’s growth in Frederick, and they’re growing up north (in neighboring Pennsylvania),” he said.

“We get involved in the community … and we’re going to support the community up there, as well,” Kopit added.

The planned showroom and service center is valued at
$3.1 million and will include 29,084 square feet, according to the building permit application information.

The site is south of Thurmont Park.