Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Anderson Move to Yulee a Boost for Dealerships

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Anderson Move to Yulee a Boost for Dealerships

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Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

By June, there should be a lot more cars along the Florida A1A corridor.

Along the side of A1A, that is.

Ron Anderson expects to move his two car dealerships from Amelia Island to Yulee in June onto property near Paul Clark Ford-Mercury and Rick Keffer Dodge-Chrysler-Plymouth.

The move will take all major new-car dealerships off the island and group them in an area that's increasingly busier with traffic.

It's a good move for customers and business owners, rival Keffer said. He said Anderson's move could increase business for all their dealerships.

"I think, for both the consumer and the dealers, it's a plus to have the three of them together," Keffer said. "I'm pleased that he's coming. You draw more customers to an area when there's more [to choose from]. There's more done collectively."

Anderson runs four dealerships, two in Georgia and two on Amelia Island. The two on Amelia Island -- Ron Anderson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile and Ron Anderson Buick-Pontiac-GMC -- are less than 5 miles apart on Sadler Road.

"We need to get everything together," Anderson said. "Now, we have two of every job description in this dealership."

Anderson bought the A1A property before he bought the Buick-Pontiac-GMC location in 1996. He had been at the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile spot near the intersection of Sadler and Citrona roads since 1989. The process to combine franchises, however, was difficult.

"We've been thinking of moving for years. . . . It's just a long process. I can hardly believe it's coming to fruition," he said.

Anderson is converting the old Chevrolet-Oldsmobile lot to a large body shop, but he is selling the 4-acre property on 14th Street and Sadler Road. Cars have been for sale on that lot since the mid-1970s.

The land, across from the Eckerd drug store and the Publix shopping center, is being marketed as a potential strip mall. …

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