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Longtime family-owned dealership under new ownership and management

After nearly 30 years as a family-run business, Gresham Toyota-Scion has a new owner.

And while devoted owners and buyers of Toyota and Scion vehicles won’t see a change in the commitment to customer satisfaction or the dealership’s services, new general Manager Ken Cornelison said “big plans” are coming.

“We will begin a full remodel starting in April,” Cornelison said. “We intend to put between $2.5 million and $3 million into the building, which will include expansion of our service area and showroom and a new façade. We’re also expanding our Express Lube area to be more convenient for customers.”

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK -  New car inventory at Gresham Toyota-Scion will include Toyota´s release of seven new body styles this year, said General Manager Ken Cornelison.

The New York-based Summit Automotive Group finalized purchase of the dealership from the Cheney family in November, when former GM Mike Cheney retired. Summit is no stranger to the car dealer industry, with dealerships across the United States, with a Northwest presence in Kennewick and Pasco Washington. The dealership retained close to 95 percent of Gresham Toyota’s workforce, Cornelison said, and currently employs about 65 people.

What enticed the group to Gresham and East County was the legacy established by the former owners, Cornelison said.

“Gresham Toyota had a good reputation,” he added. “We don’t want to change that. We want to complement that. We are looking forward to growing our business and becoming an active member of the Gresham community.”

Gresham Toyota-Scion

Where: 950 N.E. Hogan Drive, Gresham

What: complete line of new Toyota and Scion vehicles, as well as Certified Toyota Used Cars; full parts and service

Hours: sales — 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; service department — 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Call: 503-667-1135.

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