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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - I know you know, but Vaden now in Boro

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - I know you know, but Vaden now in Boro

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - I know you know, but Vaden now in Boro

Jan Moore

      It's hard to admit when you haven't been successful at something, but I will admit that I have not been successful in getting a timely story to you regarding the purchaser of Cleve White Nissan in Statesboro.
      With apologies to those who haven't heard already, the Savannah-based Vaden Automotive Group bought the dealership back in mid November, and has hit the ground running. General manager and Georgia Southern alum Bill Long said more and more inventory is being brought onto the lot.
      "Being part of a group of nine other dealerships allows us to have a lot of inventory as well as access to well over a 1,000 cars at our other dealerships," Long said. "I want people to realize that they don't have to go very far to get the car that they are looking for - new or used. We will even have a selection of diesel trucks."
      In addition, Long said the service department is being revamped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and additional trained personnel.
      The investment being made by the Vaden Group is noteworthy, because car dealerships are very important to the livelihood of a community. They contribute a tremendous amount of sales tax, and generally are involved with and donate to charitable organizations.
      With that in mind, I thought I would ask the owners of Statesboro's two oldest car dealerships about the Vaden group.  What should we expect?
      "They will be very good corporate citizens," said Frank Rozier, owner of Rozier Ford on Highway 301 South. "I can tell you that the people I have met and worked with from Vaden are outstanding individuals. The Vaden organization is a class act and a credit to the automobile business."
      I would say that is very high praise from one's competition, and Rozier isn't the only dealer to feel that way.
      "I know they will be a good neighbor, and a good competitor," said Robbie Franklin, owner of Franklin Chevrolet and Franklin Toyota in Statesboro. "We have competed against one another for a very long period of time, and they have always been straight up. I can only say good things about Dan Vaden's automobile operations."
      It is heartening to see how successful business people value good, fair competition, and are willing to recognize that and welcome it.
      "We really couldn't have a nicer group of people come to town," Rozier said. "It just makes everybody in the business better. As a business owner, I want my dealership to improve every day, it's what drives you."
      Long said that is what he loves about Statesboro, and it has always been his intent to try and get back here. "This is a very unique community," he said. "There really isn't anything quite like it, from the churches to business community, everyone is so welcoming."
      So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
      Got a scoop for Jan? Call her at (912) 489-9463 or email her at


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