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Hendrick Automotive Group News


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Charlotte-based Hendrick Automotive Group has purchased Folger KIA East from Folger Automotive and principal owner Ward Williams. Relocated to 5141 East Independence Boulevard and re-opened this week as Hendrick KIA Charlotte, the dealership is conveniently positioned between City Chevrolet and Hendrick Motors of Charlotte.

Hendrick Automotive Group now operates 100 dealership locations throughout the United States. The company’s three KIA dealerships are located in North Carolina, including Charlotte-area franchise Hendrick KIA of Concord.

“It’s fitting Hendrick Automotive Group’s 100th dealership is opening in our home market,” said Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “Since 1978, when we came to Charlotte with City Chevrolet, the community has provided our company with an amazing amount of support. It’s a terrific place to live and do business, and we’ll continue to invest here and do whatever we can to give back. Our growth is a result of having great people on our team and incredible loyalty from our customers. It would’ve never happened without Charlotte. We owe so much to this city.”

Leland Thompson, formerly general sales manager at Honda of Concord, has been named the dealership’s general manager. He reports to Wes Watkins, Hendrick Automotive Group market area vice president.

“We’re excited to now operate two KIA locations in Charlotte, as our franchise support has always been tremendous,” Watkins said. “The facility has been fully updated, and we know customers will really enjoy the improved space and amenities. KIA has a lot of great vehicles to test drive, including the next-generation Optima and the newly redesigned Sportage, which arrives this spring. It’s an exciting time for the brand.”

Hendrick KIA Charlotte offers 250 new and more than 100 pre-owned vehicles on site with access to more than 30,000 new and pre-owned vehicles at HendrickCars.com. Situated on 4.4 acres, the 26,300-square-foot facility also features 14 service bays and provides numerous customer amenities such as free Wi-Fi, refreshments, a snack bar and courtesy shuttle service to local businesses and area attractions.

Employing more than 50 people, Hendrick KIA Charlotte is open seven days a week for sales and Monday through Saturday for service. For more information on current employment opportunities, please visit www.HendrickCareers.com. The dealership currently is hiring client advisors, service technicians, service advisors and other positions.

For additional information on Hendrick KIA Charlotte please visit www.hendrickkiacharlotte.com. Customers also can connect through Facebook at www.facebook.com/HendrickKIACharlotte.


Encompassing 100 dealerships from the Carolinas to California, Hendrick Automotive Group is the largest privately held automotive retail organization in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company employs more than 10,000 people in its dealerships, collision centers and accessories distributor installers in 14 states. For more information, please visit www.HendrickAuto.com.

David Harris, Hendrick Automotive Group
dharris at hmsracing dot com

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