A $5 million bet on downtown Detroit's revitalization is paying off for the newly opened Bob Maxey Ford on Jefferson Ave.

Detroit's only Ford dealership has already reported increased sales and service department visits.

The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility features a new grand showroom, enhanced service areas (including 30 bays), drive-through car wash, customer parking, private sales offices, state-of-the-art body shop, downtown shuttle service and an adjacent 45,000-sq.-ft. warehouse facility.

The store caters to downtown Detroit workers and capitalizes on Detroit's revitalization, says dealer principal Bob Maxey.

He adds, “We see our success as a victory for the city. We are thankful for the overwhelming support we've gotten from our customers and the Detroit community. We've been successful in Detroit for 32 years and plan on remaining so.”

The Maxey family has sold cars in Detroit since 1972.

The first location was on Gratiot. The family recently completed a $3 million renovation of Bob Maxey Lincoln-Mercury on Mack Ave. on the city's east side.