One of the best parts of this job is learning what interests our readers the most. I gauge this by the questions I am asked over and over again. The most pressing question lately has been, "What is up with all those cars in the old Winn-Dixie shopping center?"
It is a mystery that has puzzled the town for weeks. Of course, I made a few calls and learned that all of those cars are extra inventory for Vaden Nissan of Statesboro, located a few blocks away on Brannen Street.
Before then, the extra inventory was located on a grass lot behind the El Sombrero restaurant on Buckhead Drive. Due to ordinance issues involving parking cars on an unpaved parking lot, the city encouraged them to find a more suitable location.
The city issued Vaden Nissan a special exception application that now allows them to use the old Winn Dixie parking lot as a temporary overflow inventory parking lot.
The dealership is working to expand their current parking lot, but faces delays because of a required additional application for a variance from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division.
The variance recently was approved, which will allow Vaden Nissan to obtain a building permit for the parking lot expansion. They hope to have the expansion completed by the middle of 2017. The expansion will allow them to add 130 more vehicles to the dealership. Once complete, they will have approximately 450 new vehicles and 70 used vehicles on their parking lots surrounding the dealership.
The bigger question is why do they need that many vehicles in their inventory at the Statesboro dealership?
Mark Cook, the new general manager for Vaden Nissan in Statesboro, said the dealership simply has outgrown the capacity of the current parcel.
In 2010, Vaden Automotive Group entered the Statesboro market by acquiring Cleve White Nissan. Vadem immediately began the process of relocating the dealership to a larger location. In October 2012 they cut the ribbon on Vaden Nissan of Statesboro on Brannen Street. Four years later, they have outgrown the new, larger location.
"I have been in the car business for 26 years and I have never seen a dealership in a market this size sell the number of cars we are selling per month, Cook said. "When the Vaden's purchased the dealership, they anticipated selling around 40 new cars per month and an equal number of used cars. Currently, we are selling almost two and a half times that number. We are moving around 120 new cars and approximately 40 used cars per month. Our volume equals that of metro markets."
Cook went on to explain to have adequate inventory to give buyers the selection they demand you need to have inventory approximately three times what you are selling per month.
"Obviously, we are very focused on volume," Cook said. "That allows us to take a shorter deal at times, which allows a ton of people to get a great deal rather than sell fewer cars at a higher price."
It is always wonderful to hear that businesses in the Boro are exceeding expectations.
Wouldn't it be a Christmas blessing if Kroger or Publix got that message soon?
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