[TRURO, NS] — While one house in Truro was demolished on Thursday, the same was happening to 10 units at the Rainbow Motel.
The units and the land they sit on were sold to make room for a used car dealership's expansion.
Steve MacNeil, vice-president and co-owner of Zacks Auto Sales in Bible Hill, confirmed his business purchased the land at the beginning of August.
"Because of the demand for used cars, we bought a section of the Rainbow (Motel)" and will have another location," said MacNeil. "There's about an acre-and-a-half of land, so we'll be carrying about 100 pre-used cars and we will have a building."
Meanwhile, across town, a home built in the early 1900s at the corner of Arthur and Willow streets was also demolished yesterday.
With two locations — Main Street and Pictou Road in Bible Hill — Zacks offers shoppers a selection of 100 used cars between.
"We're essentially doubling our business," said MacNeil.
With the motel rooms being demolished, it makes way for the business to begin construction within the next couple of weeks.
"We're hoping to be open by mid-December, just in time for those Christmas shoppers," the businessman said.
Having owned and operated Zacks for the past seven years, MacNeil said the thought of expansion has been in the forefront for a period of time.
"We saw the property for sale and thought it was a prime part of town and an opportunity for us," he said, adding the new location could have the possibility for additional employment, however, he wasn't sure how many until the winter.
While demolition at the motel was happening, owner Robert Cunningham said business was operating as usual with the other 24 rooms.
"That land has been up for sale for a while," Cunningham said. "Dad took the motel over in 1968 and the rooms were there then. In the past 10 to 15 years, all our customers have been going into the other units."
He said the 24 units are newer and have undergone a lot of work, including ceiling, flooring, painting and additional work, such as newer electronics.
"With Zacks opening up in that space, it is going to brighten this area immensely," said Cunningham.