FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - An exciting new merger has taken place in Flagstaff when the Oxendale/Kia dealership bought the Hyundai dealership located almost next door.
Larry Santos, sales manager for both locations, said that the reason this merger was able to happen was the success of Kia business.
"Things have been going great at the Kia business," said Santos. "We know its an up and coming brand and it was exciting for us to partner again with the Korean auto makers because we've done so great with the Kia brand."
Although the two separate companies are now owned by one entity the buildings will remain separate, and in their current locations.
With the new business opening under new management the opportunity for new and exciting things grows, and also allows for job creation something we all desperately need.
"We're going to be hiring some exciting new employees to run the Hyundai store," said Santos. "And we think everything will be really successful over there."
The sale of the Hyundai building had been in negotiations over the last several months and everything was finalized in early September. The official first date of business under Oxendale Kia was on Oct. 1.
Having just started, the company hasn't really had much time to promote and sell its new brand. A majority of the past month has been spent adjusting to this new way of life, but things should pick up soon.
"We are going to have a big kickoff sale on the first of November for two weeks," said Santos. "The first week will be the Hyundai store, and the second the Kia store. We're going to be doing a lot of exciting new things and sales. The first month was getting accustomed to everything, so everything is really going to start firing in November and December."
Being a locally owned business has a tendency to prove more beneficial to the local residents.
"We've found over the years that local ownership is best suited to serve the local community," said Santos.
One of the biggest advantages this merger offers is that people will have a bigger inventory to choose from.
"We really want to thank the people on the reservation," said Santos. "Because a big part of our business comes from the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and now that we have another store it's only going to allow us to do more and more out there."