TRIADELPHIA - With more than 600 new and used vehicles available every day on the company's 10-acre lot, the Robinson Automotive Group at The Highlands has one of the area's most successful dealerships.
In fact, Bob Robinson Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and Jim Robinson Ford Lincoln Mercury and Jim Robinson Toyota Scion all enjoyed record-setting sales in 2010.
"We set records in all three stores, and had a terrific year," said Bob Robinson, president of Robinson Automotive Group. "Part of it was because of location; part of it was because of increasing consumer confidence; and part of it was because of aging customer fleets."
Photo by Casey Junkins
Robinson Automotive Group continues its successful business at The Highlands. From left are Roberta Robinson Olejasz, Bob Robinson and Jim Robinson.
The Bob Robinson dealership opened at The Highlands in December 2008, with the Jim Robinson dealerships joining in June 2009. Previously, Bob Robinson operated in downtown Wheeling, with Jim Robinson in business along Bethany Pike.
The present Robinson site is located on the south side of Interstate 70 at The Highlands, the side opposite Cabela's.
"The synergy of (having all the dealerships in) one location allows us to provide pricing advantages and values to our customers," said Bob Robinson.
With the economy still sluggish, how are local car dealerships faring?
Very well, as the Robinson Automotive Group at The Highlands posted record sales in 2010. Straub Honda Hyundai also moved to The Highlands in 2010 and dealerships such as Doan Ford continue to thrive.
Roberta Robinson Olejasz, Bob Robinson's daughter, is the dealer for Bob Robinson Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Jim Robinson, Bob Robinson's son, is the dealer for Jim Robinson Ford Lincoln Mercury and Jim Robinson Toyota Scion.
Bob Robinson also notes that those who closely study the automotive business are predicting that as many as 13 million new vehicles will be sold throughout the nation this year, a significant increase from recent years.
"The trend is up," Bob Robinson added. "And we think we are in a solid position."
Hours for the Robinson dealerships are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.