Long-time auto dealer I.G. Burtonhas expanded to the north and south.
The Delaware State News reported the Delmarva dealership group has expanded by picking up the former Brandywine Dodge-Jeep franchise in Smyrna and dealerships in Berlin, MD during 2018.
The Smyrna dealership gives Burton access to the booming Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area a short drive to the north.
Middletown lost its Chevrolet dealer with the aggressive reduction of dealerships under a bailout of GM that included government ownership for a short time. GM also jettisoned its Pontiac and Saturn brands.
Burton is best known for its highly visible flagship dealership on Route 1 in Milford.
Burton now has half a dozen dealerships extending from Berlin, MD, the story reported.
Brands at the dealership group includeBMW, GM, Mercedes-Benz and Blue Bird Bus, along with an inventory of 2,000 vehicles.
The auto dealership business has been consolidating on Delmarva, with families or individuals owning one dealership a rarity.
An example is Seaford-based Hertrich, which has been buying dealerships and is now believed to be the state’s largest group. Hertrich is also one of the nation’s 150 largest dealerships.