Gregg Young opening in former Blair Auto Mall


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Gregg Young opening in former Blair Auto Mall

One year after the Blair Auto Mall liquidated its inventory on U.S. Highway 30 and relocated to Gretna, an Omaha-based dealership is the newest game in town in an intensely competitive auto sales market.

Gregg Young Auto Depot of Blair opens Monday. The company closed on the nearly 10,000-square-foot building and its property in January after pursuing the purchase for about a year. The Auto Depot will focus on preowned GM cars and trucks, but it is not franchised by GM.

When asked why the company wanted to open a store next-door to two super-sized dealerships — Sid Dillon Chevrolet and Woodhouse Auto Family, the largest Ford truck dealer in the world — general manager Jason Roessner told the Pilot-Tribune that Blair was seen as an “opportunity.”

“We were selling to quite a few people already in Omaha,” he said.

Gregg Young opened its first store in 2000 when it acquired a John Kraft dealership in Omaha; it built its current facility in 2006. It opened a “destination” new and used dealership in Norwalk, Iowa, in 2004, Roessner said.

Since acquiring the Auto Mall, Gregg Young has been scrambling to transport vehicles from Omaha to Blair and to complete renovations, which includes adding full detail and service departments. It also had to clean up the property and make repairs to windows and skylights broken in the June 3 hailstorm.

Gregg Young plans to hire six to eight people, including service technicians and salespeople, in addition to employees already hired, Roessner said. It will employ about 20 people when hiring is complete.

The dealership will stock about 100-125 vehicles, with access to approximately 400 cars and trucks including the Omaha and Iowa stores.

“It’s very important the community knows we’re here to stay,” Roessner said.

A grand opening will likely be planned for March.

Blair Auto Mall owner Brian Gibbe told the Pilot-Tribune in December 2013 that they chose to relocate their dealership to Gretna in early 2014 to capitalize on the rapidly expanding community. The Auto Mall, which sold preowned vehicles, operated in Blair for about five years.


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