ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) - Anderson hasn't had a Ford dealership for years. The new ownerof Ford Autoworld believes she is filling a void for Andersonresidents.
Autoworld President, Mary Jamerson is counting on productloyalty to make her dealership successful. It's one of only a fewnew dealerships in the country opening during this tough economicclimate. She invested $3.5 million and will employ 30-35 people.She said the time is right to open a dealership because customerscan get great deals.
"As the Wall Street Journal reported recently, this is the bestaffordability index for people to buy cars in 28 years and ourbrands fall into that," said Jamerson.
She also owns the GM dealership right next door. She doesn'tbelieve that the two dealerships will have to compete with eachother.
"We've already built a strong base of domestic loyalty. We feelit will compliment as opposed to compete," said Jamerson.
But the auto industry is on shaky ground and there's wordthat GM may stop manufacturing Pontiacs. Jamerson said she hasn'treceived notice yet.
"We let Washington and Detroit worry about the issues they needto deal with. We focus on internal dynamics we have control overand that's been a winning formula for us," she said.
The dealer just opened Thursday. So far, one truck has beensold. The dealership will celebrate their grand opening later inMay.
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