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August 7, 2013

Port Arthur car dealership changes ownership

PORT ARTHUR — Allen Samuels Dodge has a new name, new owners, and a large shipment of brand new vehicles coming in to celebrate the change.

The sale of the Port Arthur dealership at 8181 Memorial Blvd. was final July 31, complete with the new name, Mid County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

“It is a beautiful dealership; that is why we bought it,” Allen Tate, general manager and one of the owner partners, said.

In addition to Tate, the new company partners are Alfred Flores and Bruce Glascock, of The Woodlands.

The partners owned Spring Dodge, in Spring, Texas until December when the Houston-area dealership was sold to AutoNation. While under the partner’s leadership, Spring Dodge ranked No. 1 in the state for selling the most vehicles, and No. 5 in the nation — about 500 units new and used a month.

The group also owns Silsbee Kia, the Fiat Store in Houston, a high-end pre-owned store in The Woodlands, and a Toyota dealership in Chicago.

Though the new owners just hung their banner Monday announcing the change in ownership and the changed name, customers should notice a big difference right away with an increased inventory in the dealership parking lot.

“The people in this area should be excited because we are going to sell a whole lot more vehicles,” Tate said. “Our business model is volume.”

Tate said the dealership has well over 400 vehicles in route to Port Arthur right now. Fifty of those are Jeep Wranglers, to be delivered on a staggered basis over the next four to six weeks.

The new company will also have a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles.

Selling a large volume of vehicles is part of the company’s business model — one that Tate said helps the community.

“The more cars we sell the more employees we need, and every time a vehicle is sold, taxes are paid. We get trade-ins, that is another vehicle we get to run through our service department,” Tate said.

The Golden Triangle area is not new to Tate. He was born in Nederland at the former Mid-Jefferson Hospital, lived with his family in Bridge City until the age of five, moved to Louisiana, then back to Vidor from the fourth grade until high school.

Convincing his partners to invest in the community he grew up in was not difficult.

“It’s such a good location, both for selling vehicles, and for living, Tate said.

He and wife, Avi, have settled in Beaumont with their two children, 3-year-old Sebastian, 3, and one-year-old Aliana.

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