Twin Cities Automotive, part of the Pohlad Companies, broke ground on a $2.8 million facility Oct. 16 in North Branch. TCA plans to relocate the dealership from its current site at 5660 392nd St. in North Branch, to a new, highly visible site two miles away at 38420 Tanger Drive, adjacent to Interstate 35. TCA acquired North Branch Chevrolet earlier this year, signaling the company’s interest in increasing its presence in the domestic auto market, particularly in rural markets. TCA also owns Coon Rapids Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. While the new North Branch Chevrolet dealership will be approximately the same size as the previous facility at 20,000 square feet, plans are to increase inventory by 40 percent and bolster hiring. The new location is expected to open spring 2013. “We are a Minnesota company making an investment in Minnesota,” Jay Hulbert, president of TCA, said. “When we acquired the dealership, we knew we needed to build a new facility. We think it makes sense to invest in North Branch Chevrolet and believe strongly in its bright future, and in the future of North Branch.” North Branch Chevrolet currently has 38 employees, many of them long-term employees from the local area, according to Jerry Moe, general manager of the dealership. “We are delighted to have so many employees who know this community and their customers, and we are already beginning to add to our employee base,” he said.