You’ve had projects in your garage, so you know… There comes a time in every build where the finished product is in sight. Idea has transformed to rendering has transformed to reality. Just over a month ago, we showed you the progress on our barn find build and asked you to use your imagination. Now, you won’t have to.
When you pull in to the Griot’s Garage building, you’ll be welcomed by a spacious parking lot, a dedicated ramp leading to the climate-controlled Car Care School, and a wide staircase to the Retail Store. Don’t worry, you won’t miss our building… just look for the 20×30-foot American Flag waving out front!
In its former life as a Coca-Cola bottling plant, this part of the building served as loading docks for the big rigs. For Griot’s Garage, all but one of those bay doors were converted to large windows, and one was reserved as a cargo door for deliveries and shipments. This side of the bulding will play host to car shows and other special events.
Separate roll-up garage doors will provide restricted, drive-in access to the automotive display area and photo shoot areas from Lawrence Street. A large pillar will bisect this long wall, providing a visual break and a structure for one of three large, neon-lit Griot’s Garage signs. A new sidewalk and curb have also been poured here.
Tacoma’s 38th Street is a well-travelled thoroughfare. Home to every kind of retail, food service, and specialty shop imaginable, Griot’s Garage will be another destination for the vital area. Our main parking lot entrance branches from 38th, and our building will be highly visible with neon signage (and the aformentioned awesome flag).
Sure, you’ll be able to restock all your favorite Car Care products and see the latest tools, accessories, and garage goodies here. But our flagship Retail Store and Car Care School will be more than just a shop. It will be a community gathering place, somewhere you’ll want to hang out… mission control for car-guys!
From its days as a two-person shop run out of Richard Griot’s own garage, our business has enjoyed a very steady growth rate. That’s all thanks to you, our valued customers. Well, the new headquarters gives us room to stretch our legs and continue striving for the perfection you’ve come to expect!
When sharing the progress of a construction project, many businesses would not choose to highlight the restrooms. You know by now, though, Richard Griot is overlooking no detail in this build. From floor-to-ceiling tilework, to Griot’s Red laminates, these normally “utilitarian” rooms are anything but!
We pride ourselves on customer service that exceeds expectations, and our call center is the vital link between you and the automotive products you love. Whether placing an order or simply asking a question, a call to Griot’s Garage puts you through to the best in the business… our Customer Service Associates!
Richard’s vision for a 1950s-look building is finding its ultimate outlet here. Clearstory windows flood the room with light. A large kitchen area is trimmed in atomic-era laminates and “metal-flake” textiles. Retro light fixtures hang over diner-style booths. Yep, the Indy is shaping up to be one heckuva car-guy hangout.
The display area will be a real showcase for all kinds of interesting and rare automotive machinery. Located just off the Retail Store, this big space will be clean, polished, and filled with natural light. Best of all, it will be open to the public… So plan your visit soon after the grand opening!
Thanks for following along with our barn find build! It’s truly amazing to look back through the older photos and see how this project has progressed. We look forward to moving in to our new garage very soon… and inviting you down for the party. Stay tuned!