Palmetto closing auto store
Palmetto Ford Lincoln Mercury is closing its dealership in Mount Pleasant after a nine-year run, but it's not leaving the once-booming Charleston suburb entirely.
The shop will move its fleet of new and pre-owned vehicles by Dec. 1 from its leased facility at 701 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. to its main dealership at 1625 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.
The parts and service operation will stay in Mount Pleasant but move to a new location at 558 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Ford has changed its distribution system and the satellite dealer is not able to provide the same variety of cars that it had in the past, Palmetto Ford president Graham Eubank said.
"We are trying to get some economies of scale with our inventories. It's difficult to provide the selection with a satellite dealership," Eubank said. "This will allow us to offer a better selection of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products at one location."
Eubank hopes the consolidation will not prove to be an accessibility issue for Ford customers in Mount Pleasant.
"It's easy to get from there to here in 10 or 15 minutes," he said.
The new parts and service shop in Mount Pleasant will be called Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center, a division of Palmetto Ford. Quick Lane is a Ford-branded maintenance and light repair facility.
The entire parts and service team of three managers, six technicians and a shuttle/parts driver at the existing Mount Pleasant shop will move into the renovated Quick Lane site. The existing shop will close Nov. 28 and reopen in the new location Dec. 1.
The new repair shop will offer shuttle service, free car wash and free vehicle inspection.
Ford is the second dealership to pull out of the Mount Pleasant area.
Low Country Mazda closed a year ago and was supposed to become Low Country Pre-owned, a part of Low Country Volkswagen, also on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. The pre-owned site has been vacant for months.
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