Warrenton-based auto group buys Leesburg’s Star Buick
Andy Budd, the owner of Country Chevrolet in Warrenton, has purchased the dealership from long-time owner Ray Martin Glembot, who is retiring after 37 years.
“I’ve been at this a long time, it’s been a good run and I’m looking forward to spending time with my family -- especially the grandkids,” Martin Glembot said in a prepared statement. “In deciding to sell, my biggest concern was for my many employees. I wanted to make sure that they would keep their jobs and that the new owner would be someone they could be proud to work for. I’ve known Andy Budd for years -- he has a great reputation as a dealer, employer and corporate citizen and I feel like I’m leaving the people in good hands.”
The dealership's new name will be Country Buick GMC of Leesburg.
Budd told the Fauquier Times that details of the sale are confidential, but he said the deal was “fair” for both he and Martin Glembot.
Budd said the Leesburg dealership currently has an inventory of about 100 cars and trucks, but he plans to expand that to 250 new and 100 used cars.
The store’s 38 employees will keep their jobs, and the staff will expand by about 50 to 60 employees.
“We’re going to try to make an impact in the market there,” Budd told the Fauquier paper. “The marketplace as a whole is substantially larger than Fauquier.”
The Warrenton-based Country Automotive Group operates six automotive related companies in the Warrenton-Gainesville area, including Country Chevrolet, 29 Auto Outlet, Summit Motors, Warrenton Select Diesels, DTO Custom Jeeps, Country Credit Center and Trusted Auto Care.
The acquisition of Star Buick GMC is the group’s second franchised dealership.
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