BRISTOL, Tenn. — Very last 7 days, the torch was passed.
Quietly, with little fanfare, all three of the Invoice Gatton vehicle dealerships in the Twin City reopened with a trio of new entrepreneurs.
Gatton, 89, marketed his fascination in the first West Point out Avenue place and the import complicated on the Volunteer Parkway. Bill Gatton Mazda and Invoice Gatton Acura, the two in Johnson Town, were not part of the transactions and will keep on being under the Gatton banner, longtime Gatton personnel Danny Dunn confirmed Friday.
The former Bill Gatton Chevrolet/Cadillac on West State Avenue, the keep that began it all, is now rebranded Bristol Chevrolet. The new proprietor is Steve Harrell II, of Georgia, who also operates a Nissan retail outlet in Oak Ridge and acquired Johnson City Nissan in 2020.
Dutch Miller Car Group, which is based in Huntington, West Virginia, has acquired the previous Gatton Nissan on the Volunteer Parkway, around Walmart.
The Miller group at this time operates 8 dealerships in West Virginia, which include Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jeep Kia and Subaru, furthermore a Kia dealership in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to its website.
The previous Monthly bill Gatton Honda on the Volunteer Parkway has been rebranded Bristol Honda and is now owned by Umansky Automotive Group of Memphis.
The team operates dealerships in Memphis, Mt. Juliet and Murfreesboro, Tennessee Charlottesville, Virginia Jackson, Mississippi Milwaukee and Livermore, California, according to its site, which now incorporates inventory for the Bristol area.
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