AutoCanada opens Kia store, gets approval for Chrysler point


EDMONTION, ALTA. – Canada’s biggest public dealer group continues to grow.

AutoCanada announced this week it opened Kia Edmonton North, the company’s first Kia store. The store was a previously announced as an open point dealership awarded to AutoCanada.

Company chief Pat Priestner said the group looks forward to building upon its relationship with Kia.

News of the opening follows and announcement late last week that AutoCanada had obtained approval from Chrysler Canada to purchase the operating assets of Tower Chrysler Plymouth, which owns and operates a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership located in Calgary, Alberta.
Tower Chrysler was originally founded over 44 years ago by Ed Rewucki and is now operated by his son, Dan. The dealership operates from a leased facility which includes a six car showroom and 22 service bays.

In 2013, the dealership retailed 889 new vehicles and 380 used vehicles.

The transaction was expected to close on Monday, August 18, 2014.

“Calgary is absolutely one of the best cities in Canada for automotive retail and we hope to continue to expand upon our current eight dealership platform in this city,” Priestner said.

AutoCanada currently operates 44 franchised dealerships in eight provinces and has over 2,500 employees.

In 2013, our dealerships sold approximately 36,000 vehicles and processed approximately 364,000 service and collision repair orders in its 406 service bays.