A new Ford dealership opened in Juneau, AK, in early October.
Stanley Management Group Executive Director of Dealerships Kevin Lauver made the announcement in mid September, the Juneau Empire reported.
The group owns the Stanley Ford dealership in Kenai. Emelia and Jose Stanley have owned the business since the fall of 2006. Stanley Motor Group also owns six Budget Rent-A-Car stores in Alaska and four Driven Auto Body shops. They have about 200 employees among their businesses. The Stanleys started their automotive empire with a Budget Car and Truck Rental in Anchorage.
“Cars in stock will include the Ford F-150 Super-Crew — our pride and joy, and Escape, Expedition, Explorer, Flex, Edge, Taurus and Fusion models — many of which are offered in all–wheel drive,” said Lauver.
Juneau also has the climate and road system that would make it suitable for sales and service of Ford’s electric Focus C-Max, Lauver explained.
“That is something you don’t see much in Alaska,” he said.
Lauver said Stanley plans to build a new facility in two to two–and–a–half years. The group’s auto body business will move into the vacated property. Stanley will also incorporate its Budget Rent–A–Car franchise in Juneau and its Boss Plow business into the dealership.
“It is a neat triangle,” Lauver said. “Driven buys all their parts from the dealerships. Budget buys their cars from the dealerships. Driven fixes them and then after two seasons, we re–sell them as certified pre–owned vehicles. It is a really neat synergy.”
Lauver said Stanley is a community-oriented business which supports local organizations. “One of the things I’m passionate about is the jobs,” Lauver said. “There are going to be a bunch of new jobs here.”
Lauver said Stanley has recruited Juneau’s Evergreen Motor Works and its Ford–certified technicians. Evergreen co-owner Dave Wall is Stanley Ford of Juneau’s new General Manager and he and co–owner Todd Thingvall are adding Evergreen’s moving lifts to the state–of–the–art equipment Stanley is bringing to the dealership’s automotive department. Evergreen Motor Works co-owners Wall and Thingvall started the business after the breakup of Skinner Sales and Service, Juneau’s former Ford dealership.