Western Brick & Stone at 7620 Washington Ave. will be turned into a Volvo dealership.

The building formerly known as Western Brick & Stone at 7620 Washington Ave., in what is becoming known as the Design District, is about to get a big makeover. And instead of selling brick, tile and stone, the new business is all about wheels and chrome.

Bill Bledsoe, senior vice president in the Land and Investments Division at Henry S. Miller Brokerage, announced in a news release that the firm, in partnership with Transwestern’s Executive Managing Director Jeff Peden and Senior Director Scott Miller, negotiated a 20-year, 31,845-square foot lease on behalf of Grubbs Automotive.

Grubbs will convert the existing 12,595-square foot showroom and 19,250-square foot warehouse building into a new Volvo automotive dealership. Founded in Dallas in 1948, Grubbs Automotive already operates three dealerships in Grapevine and one in San Antonio. The new location will be the company’s first in Houston and fifth overall.

“In a very tight market, we were able to identify what we know will be an excellent location for the new Grubbs Volvo in Houston,” Bledsoe said. “Many thanks to Jeff Peden and Larry Levine, CEO of Levcor, property owner and landlord, who were both extremely helpful.”

Marketing materials for the property said the 31,845-square foot building on the 2.4-acre site was constructed in 2008 and the building is fully sprinklered with concrete deck construction.

It is located one block north of Interstate 10 on Washington Avenue. According to the release, this location was appealing to the tenant due to the proximity of dealerships along Old Katy Road and to Memorial Park, immediately south of I-10.

Nearby, the Houston Design Center houses more than 40 design showrooms, including furniture, accessories, fabrics, lighting, floor coverings, art and décor. The Viridian Design District apartments, built in 2015, are also in the area.

According to Volvo, Volvo Car USA set a new May sales record with 13,221 cars sold, up 38.9 percent compared to 2020, representing the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year growth for Volvo Car USA.

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