Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Chevy dealerships acquired in four states

A family transaction represented the conclude of a person vocation and the enlargement of one more when Patrick O’Brien on April 6 procured Pat O’Brien Chevrolet in Vermilion, Ohio, from his father, Pat O’Brien.

Patrick O’Brien renamed the dealership Firelands Chevrolet Vermilion. His father, Pat O’Brien, experienced owned the dealership given that 2010 and is retiring at age 71, his son claimed.

The acquisition adds a fourth dealership to Firelands Automobile Team, launched in 2017 by Patrick O’Brien. The group also incorporates Firelands Chevrolet-Buick in Norwalk, Ohio, Firelands Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sandusky, Ohio, and Firelands Toyota, also in Sandusky.

Vermilion is about 40 miles west of Cleveland and is east of Sandusky.

Patrick O’Brien, owner and vendor principal of the Firelands Chevy store, told Automotive Information that he’s equipped to take a look at all 4 dealerships approximately just about every working day because they are in the same market place and positioned about 20 miles from each and every other.

Aside from introducing positions, O’Brien claimed he stored the similar staff members and failed to anticipate any huge modifications for the dealership.

“He did a truly good occupation,” O’Brien mentioned of his father.

Patrick O’Brien said his father had an “astounding career” that started out in 1970 when he commenced marketing cars for Ed Mullinax, encouraging to expand that organization and was a element operator. The Mullinax dealership group finally was marketed in 1996 to Republic Industries Inc., which later became AutoNation Inc.

“I started out functioning at Mullinax Ford [in Wickliffe, Ohio] in large university, washing vehicles and stuff,” Patrick O’Brien claimed, including that his father had retired for about a ten years soon after the AutoNation sale.

When Pat O’Brien returned to auto retail in 2005 at age 55, his son came to do the job for him and his father grew his business to five dealerships he sold 1 other dealership (the Chevrolet-Buick retail store) to his son in 2017.

Now, Patrick O’Brien seems forward to carrying on the loved ones tradition. And even though he hopes to maintain increasing his small business, the more youthful O’Brien claimed he has no pending acquisitions.