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Vista auto dealerships will relocate to West Glenwood

John Stroud
Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Vista Auto Group is pulling up stakes at its South Glenwood dealership locations and making the move to multiple sites on West Glenwood’s auto row.

The local Chevrolet, Honda, Subaru and Nissan dealership has now combined its Honda and Subaru divisions at what was its Chevy dealership location at 130 Center Drive, Vista Auto Group General Manager Rob Edwards said Wednesday.

The Dodge dealership closed its doors in November 2008.

And, after learning that it will not lose its Chevrolet dealership franchise following General Motors downsizing decisions last week, Vista has moved its Chevy lot to the former Dodge dealership location at 175 Storm King Drive.

That location is being leased from Jeff Carlson, the former owner of the Dodge dealership. Carlson still owns the property, Edwards said.

Still up in the air, though, is what to do with Vista’s Nissan franchise, he said. Several options are being considered, Edwards said, but no plans had been finalized as of Wednesday.

The two locations on South Glen Avenue will be completely vacated by June 22, he said. The buildings had already been sold, but Vista was leasing them back for continued use.

“This has all been in the works for about a year, but it’s really come to fruition over the last three months,” Edwards said. “We’re excited about the move. It will be a lot easier on our service and parts customers, and being on the I-70 corridor is a big deal.”

To be able to maintain the Chevy dealership was a big sigh of relief as well, he said.

“That is great news for those customers to not have to go hundreds of miles, especially for service and parts,” Edwards said.

Another local auto dealership, Berthod Motors, also was able to hold onto its General Motors affiliation, as well as Chrysler. Chrysler also announced last week that it would be closing several hundred dealerships around the country.

Vista had purchased additional property along Highway 6 and razed two hotels with plans for a major expansion. However, those plans were abandoned and that property is now for sale.

“We’re no longer going to build on that site,” Edwards said. “It’s a pretty tough economy out there.”

Vista maintains about 50 employees altogether, which is down about eight from January, he said. Several of those positions were eliminated through attrition, Edwards said.

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