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Chief Automotive acquires Bay Cars auto dealerships from Florida state senator

Chief Automotive Group, a Southern dealership group formed decrease than two years up to now, doubled its dealership rely remaining month with the acquisition of Bay Vehicles, presently a three-store sophisticated consisting of Hyundai-Lincoln, Mitsubishi and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram outlets in Panama Metropolis, Fla.

The group bought the outlets from Florida State Sen. George Gainer.

The deal closed on March 1, and phrases weren’t disclosed, though Chief Automotive will retain the Bays Vehicles establish, acknowledged Gary Dodson, the group’s president.

“We just like the coast,” Dodson instructed Automotive Information, referring to Bay Vehicles’ location throughout the Gulf Coast metropolis throughout the Florida Panhandle. “The automotive enterprise is de facto good alongside there.”

Chief Automotive, based totally in Franklin, Tenn., acquired its first retailer in July 2019 when it bought Barksdale Cadillac in Ridgeland, Miss., from Jim Barksdale and renamed it Cadillac of Jackson.

Final September, it bought Petro Chevrolet in Pascagoula, Miss., from Tony Petro and renamed it Coast Chevrolet and likewise bought Hallmark Hyundai in Hendersonville, Tenn., from Hallmark Automotive Group, Dodson acknowledged. He operates the group with enterprise companions and commerce veterans David Andrews and Gary McCarter, Dodson well-known.

Dodson has been throughout the commerce for 31 years, along with 15 years with Asbury Automotive Group Inc., working as a standard supervisor and later in an organization place, he acknowledged.

Gainer bought Bay Vehicles in 1968, The Information Herald reported. He provided it in 1972, nonetheless repurchased the dealership in 1998, in response to newspaper.

“I’m 78 years outdated, there’s nonetheless loads of good folks there,” Gainer instructed The Information Herald. “I needed to ensure it remained in good palms and my folks would deal with it, and [the new owners] appeared just like the folks that will do it.”

Dodson acknowledged Bay Vehicles has an normal footprint of about 20 acres on either side of fifteenth Avenue.

Bay Vehicles suffered injury from Hurricane Michael in 2018 and Gainer hadn’t rebuilt quite a few the properties. Dodson acknowledged the Lincoln retailer had principally been worn out by the hurricane and due to this has briefly been sharing space with the Hyundai retailer.

Chief Automotive has begun constructing for a model new Hyundai facility and is establishing a model new, separate Lincoln retailer, Dodson acknowledged, which finally will give the group 4 outlets in Panama Metropolis.

Dodson acknowledged that there’s loads of train throughout the buy-sell space, notably in Florida.

“The massive publics are out shopping for,” he acknowledged. “I feel that our area of interest just isn’t precisely what the publics are searching for. We’re OK with somewhat little bit of a turnaround mannequin, or like on this scenario, there’s some development initiatives that must be began immediately.”

Dodson acknowledged Chief Automotive is searching for to further develop.

“When you form of have a look at that pyramid from Nashville, Tenn., down South and form of alongside the coast, that South Central space is our acquisition goal space,” Dodson acknowledged.

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