BY BERNADETTE H. CARREON
KOROR, Palau — The Surangel and Sons Supercenter — which is scheduled to have a soft opening in February 2022 — will house a Toyota showroom, according to the company’s CEO Eric K. Whipps and Atkins Kroll Inc. in Guam.
Atkins Kroll Inc. — the Toyota distributor for Micronesia — announced Nov. 8 it has signed a Toyota dealership agreement with Surangel and Sons Co. and will debut the Toyota Hilux trucks in the Palau market through Ksau’s Motors — a Surangel and Sons business unit.
Alexander Hammett, managing director of Asia developing markets said in the release,
“Atkins Kroll is extremely fortunate to establish this partnership with Surangel and Sons Co. They take a lot of pride in the products and services they offer and always aim to give customers the best value. It was an easy decision for us, and we look forward to growing our relationship as we expand the Toyota brand in the region.”
Whipps said that it will provide quality vehicles with affordable pricing with the Hilux model an initial offering, with the range of vehicles to expand later on.
“Ksau’s Motors will retail the Toyota Hilux trucks initially, and other models will follow. Hilux offers a lot of value, flexibility, and reliability, which Palau residents desire most,” he said. “We want to provide quality vehicles and service, and we can make this happen with the Toyota brand and our new partnership with Atkins Kroll.”
The Toyota dealership will feature an 1,881 square-foot showroom accommodating up to four new vehicles on the floor and one delivery suite. The future aftersales area will host ten service bays, two paint spray booths, and a parts retail section, according to AK.
Whipps said aside from the Ksau’s Motors Toyota Showroom, the Supercenter will house most of the Surangel and Sons businesses located in Koror.
He told the Journal that the center in Airai will have Surangel’s Grocery, Mason’s Hardware Do It Center, Surangel Construction Co., a drive-thru lumberyard, Surangel’s Wholesale, Surangel’s Department Store, Yrang’s Home Furnishings, Ksau’s Imaging Zone, the RAW Surf & Dive Shop; Surangel’s Worldwide Travel Corp. and Hot Wheels Palau.
News additions will include the Surangel’s Bakery/Deli, food vendor rentals, office space rental, kiosk rentals, Cha Time, and a 75-person conference room for rent.
The front of the center’s building is designed to look like a canoe’s outrigger. It is said to be the first building in Palau to have an escalator.
Whipps said his family is investing millions of dollars into the two-story establishment. mbj