Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Message from Bill: The History of Two Stores, Matt and Marcos

Today we celebrate the 24 year anniversary of Matt Kramer, a Mercedes Technition, and Marcos Franco, a dynamite salesman who have been dedicated and invaluable members of our organization! 

Bill McCurley himself would like to share with you the story of how these two all stars came to work for our company.

A tale to tell of Matt and Marcos

It was 24 years ago today, March 21, 1988,  that a much younger McCurley made a deal to purchase Columbia Motors Mercedes Benz and Subaru.  Columbia Motors was located in the building that is now Desert Buick GMC.  After our purchase, we built the showroom that is now used for Cadillac and moved Mercedes Benz and Subaru to the Autoplex.  In 1988 we had not yet purchased the store across the street (now Subaru Mazda).  That came later, in 1993.  It was then Shumate Pontiac, Cadillac, Mazda.  Some years later we moved Cadillac and Pontiac to dual with Chevrolet and moved Subaru to the former Pontiac Cadillac showroom.

Although I was very interested in acquiring the Subaru and Mercedes franchise, what I really wanted were the two young stars that worked there, Marcos Franco and Matt Kramer.  Since they wouldn't quit and go to work for me, I had to buy the store!

And that is the rest of the story.

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