TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Morgan Auto Group has acquired two new dealerships, Brandon Hyundai and Brandon Mitsubishi, bringing one of the nation’s largest privately held dealer group’s dealership count to 32.
The purchase also adds the Hyundai brand to the group’s portfolio. Serving as general manager for both stores, which are located near another Morgan dealership, Brandon Honda, on Adamo Drive in Tampa, will be Jerry Clark. He was recruited out of Maryland, officials said.
"The Brandon Hyundai and Brandon Mitsubishi acquisitions are exciting on many fronts,” said group CEO Brett Morgan. “They bring an excellent volume brand like Hyundai to our group and extend our presence in a Brandon market where we have always enjoyed doing business.”
Bennett Acuff, vice president of Morgan Auto Group, added: "We have long known and admired the seller, John Wendkos, who has owned car dealerships for almost 50 years, and we’re honored that he chose to sell the dealerships to us. These acquisitions present the perfect mix of great brands and a stellar location.”
The Tampa-based dealer group now represents 10 brands across 10 stores in Tampa alone, including Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, MINI, and the newly acquired Hyundai and Mitsubishi. Morgan Auto Group also has BMW and Lamborghini stores in Sarasota as well as a car wash, International Auto Spa.
As for Clark’s hiring, Tom Moore, COO of Morgan Auto Group, noted: "We are very fortunate to have Jerry Clark join our team as the general manager for both Brandon Hyundai and Mitsubishi. Jerry started his career in 1983 as a salesperson in Hagerstown, Maryland. Since then, he has held virtually every position that a car dealership has to offer, including over 20 years as a general manager. This depth of experience provides Jerry with the skill level needed to train our team members to deliver outstanding customer service in both the sales and service operations.”