Ricart Automotive opens Newark lot for used vehicle pick-ups, shopping

NEWARK — The Ricart Automotive mega mall did not literally move to Newark, but the 67-acre dealership in Groveport is as close as your computer and trip to the new Ricart Express Newark on West Church Street in Newark.

The Ricart Express Newark at 1525 W. Church St.,   at the grand opening on Friday.

Following the trend of online shopping for vehicles, Ricart opened its smallest dealership Friday on a half-acre used car lot at 1525 W. Church St., next to Independence Auto Body.

The dealership will serve as a pick-up point for used car purchases from Ricart’s online retailing program, Express Checkout, as well as a traditional used car dealership, with vehicles not scheduled for pick up continually rotated to provide options for shoppers.

Rick Ricart, president of Ricart Automotive Group, visited the new location for the grand opening on Friday.

“It allows access to the entire mega mall to Newark and Licking County,” Ricart said. “There will be online options on the website for them to do today.

Rick Ricart does his signature "we're dealin' " at the grand opening of the Ricart Express Newark on Friday.

“People just want to click a couple buttons and take delivery. We have to adapt and realize that’s how our customers want to buy cars in the future. They’re not going to be in here for hours waiting for bank approvals. The real backbone is convenience. We save them time to travel to the mega mall.”

Ricart will have up to three employees stationed at the new location. Jeremy Tudor, general manager of used cars, and Ted Hanawalt, sales director, both Pataskala residents, will be working at the Newark location.

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