New Wondries Toyota building has Grand Opening

by Glenn Barnett

From left are Tom Phelps, Alhambra Fire Chief; Valarie Gomez, CEO of the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley; Peppy Sciarra; Barbara Messina, former Alhambra mayor; City Councilmember David Mejia; and Christian Daly, assistant Field Deputy for Kathryn Barger, L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

A Grand Opening celebration took place Aug. 22 for the new Wondries Toyota building, 1439 W. Main St., Alhambra. The Wondries family has been selling Toyotas in Alhambra for 30 years. During that time they were housed in a building that was constructed in the 1940s. “There is so much cement in that building it could be a bomb shelter,” said owner Paul Wondries.

Now, for Toyota drivers, it’s a new day and with it a new building. Wondries Toyota has opened a brand new automotive facility, offering sales, service, and factory parts. Mr. Wondries and Patty Wondries hosted the celebration. The guests assembled in the spacious customer lounge of the new building where they were welcomed by their hosts.

Mr. Wondries wasted no time in introducing some of the key players, including his builder Richard Hale. Mr. Hale was charged with completing the building in just 12 months, and he beat his estimated schedule.

Toyota Executive Shawn Domeracki congratulated Mr. Wondries on his success and presented him with a “katana,” a traditionally made Japanese (Samurai) sword. It was presented along with a beautiful display mounting. The receiving of such a sword is a distinct honor.

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, represented by Christian Daly, and State Senator Susan Rubio, represented by Carla Boggs, presented Mr. Wondries with Certificates of Congratulations. Alhambra was represented by former Mayor Barbara Messina and Councilmember David Mejia, who also presented Mr. Wondries with a Certificate of Congratulations.

In the most heartfelt introduction of the evening, Mr. Wondries brought up his friend, 95-year-old Joe “Peppy” Sciarra. Mr. Sciarra, World War II combat veteran, has been a friend of the Wondries family for over 50 years. Mr. Sciarra knew Mr. Wondries’ father Bob and first met Paul when he was just 18 years old. They have remained friends ever since.

After the presentations, there were tours of the new building, and Toyota managers were available to answer questions well into the evening. Now fully operational, the new Toyota building is open for business.


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Sep 2020


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