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New car dealership now open in St. John's

The once empty parking lot next to Chapters on Kenmount Road has been filled. Hickman Auto Group has stepped into the space, opening a new Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram dealership, now known as Hickman Chrysler.

"The Chrysler dealership in St. John's means continued employment for those who worked for the Saturn Saab dealership, which closed Dec. 31," stated Jonathan Hickman in a news release on the dealership.

Jonathan Hickman poses next to a new Chrysler Corp. trademark vehicle which will replace the famous Chevrolet "bow tie" emblem in his business life. With the termination of the Saturn brand formerly sold by Hickman Motors and the bankruptcy last year of t

The once empty parking lot next to Chapters on Kenmount Road has been filled. Hickman Auto Group has stepped into the space, opening a new Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram dealership, now known as Hickman Chrysler.

"The Chrysler dealership in St. John's means continued employment for those who worked for the Saturn Saab dealership, which closed Dec. 31," stated Jonathan Hickman in a news release on the dealership.

Speaking with The Telegram, Hickman said the history of the site and recent woes of the automotive industry at the national level did not cause him any hesitation in moving in and setting up the Chrysler dealership.

"This is what we know. We've been selling vehicles as a family for 105 years," said Hickman, who is a part of the fourth generation of vehicle-expert Hickmans, along with brother Bert.

"Opening a new franchise, it didn't phase us. But it was very exciting," he said.

Hickman said he expects the dealership could sell between 650 and 700 new vehicles in its first year.

"We are very pleased to welcome Hickman Automotive Group to the Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram family," stated Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada in the formal announcement on the dealership opening.

"The Hickman family's passion and demonstrated commitment to the community make them an asset to our team."

The new location on the corner of Kenmount Road and Peet Street is Hickman Automotive Group's second dealership on the strip, the first being Hickman Motors.

Hickman Auto Group also has sales locations in Gander, Burin, Carbonear and Clarenville.

Hickman's employs 370 people provincewide.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com




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Organizations: Chrysler, Hickman Auto Group, Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram Hickman Automotive Group

Geographic location: St. John's, Kenmount Road, Peet Street Gander Clarenville

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  • Auto watcher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    How can we trust these guys any more? Just before Christmas they ran several radio ads indicating that their brands were safe from being eliminated and encouraged all to come on in and get yourself a new saturn; well what happened, Saturn went kaput and these guys mis-lead many into buying a product that no longer exists. Yes, they say that they will honour warranties but then again, the car makers was going no where either.

  • Way to go!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Way to go Mr.Hickman! I hope you have more success than you have ever dreamed of. Thank you for supporting the province and employing so many people!

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    This is probably a moot story in that I just heard this morning that auto anylysts doubt if Chrysler will make it through the year. Fiat, who now owns Chrysler, are trying to figure out what to do with the company, and are considering a massive downsizing.

  • Auto watcher
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    How can we trust these guys any more? Just before Christmas they ran several radio ads indicating that their brands were safe from being eliminated and encouraged all to come on in and get yourself a new saturn; well what happened, Saturn went kaput and these guys mis-lead many into buying a product that no longer exists. Yes, they say that they will honour warranties but then again, the car makers was going no where either.

  • Way to go!
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Way to go Mr.Hickman! I hope you have more success than you have ever dreamed of. Thank you for supporting the province and employing so many people!

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    This is probably a moot story in that I just heard this morning that auto anylysts doubt if Chrysler will make it through the year. Fiat, who now owns Chrysler, are trying to figure out what to do with the company, and are considering a massive downsizing.