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Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad’s grand opening plays like a movie premier

by Joy Gipson

Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad kicked off a two-day grand opening on Friday night, January 5, with a ribbon cutting by the TLAC Chamber of Commerce during a lavish party attended by Toyota Corporation dignitaries, local politicians, and many well wishers from the community. Pictured from left: Trinidad city council members Karen Griego and Carlos Lopez; Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico; chamber president Linda Barron, Jay and Mike Cimino, owners; Lisa Camarillo, General Manager; chamber members Cheri Jacobsen, and John Schecter; Dean Moltrer; and at far right, chamber member Jack Israel. Photo by Joy Gipson

TRINIDAD — The new showroom of Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad is very inviting with its sleek and modern style, featuring clean lines and bright natural light filtering in from glass walls. Construction of this beautiful new facility took approximately one and a half years from the ground breaking ceremony in July of 2016. Phil Long kicked off a two day grand opening on Friday, January 5, with a ribbon cutting from the Trinidad & Las Animas Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday night, over 100 people were in attendance to help celebrate this momentous occasion that featured sumptuous hors d’oeuvres catered by Mt. Carmel’s culinary team and an open bar. A”photo bomb” picture booth with wacky headgear and props was available to add some quirky levity to the event.

The new dealership is located at the corner of North Commercial and East Cedar Streets. One of the major benefits of this new addition to downtown Trinidad is the extension of Cedar Street, making it a through-way instead of a dead-end street, enhancing the flow of traffic.

Jay Cimino, owner, was presented with an American flag that flew over the White House on September 29, 2017, gifted by Senator Corey Gardner; and with an authentic Japanese Katana Samurai sword which signifies integrity, honesty, dedication and endurance, by officers of the Toyota corporation, for his wonderful accomplishment.

Lisa Camarillo, general manager, said,”It’s a great relief to be in a location where the public is. We are already seeing an improvement in the flow of customers. On a slow day we have at least 20 service appointments, and on other days it is 30 to 40 service appointments. We also love being by the riverwalk where customers can walk their dogs or just hang out while waiting for their cars to be serviced.”

At the end of the evening, everyone was gifted with a bottle of wine with the Mt. Carmel label, from the Maryhill winery in Washington state. It was a lavish event that topped off all of the hard work put into creating this new gem in the heart of Trinidad.

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