CALUMET - Kissel Chevrolet is excited to announce the purchase of Parkway Motors on Feb. 21, 2012.
This acquisition marks yet another stage in the evolution of the Kissel family business. In 1971, Virgil Kissel Sr., opened his car dealership with the help of Virgil Kissel Jr. and Bob Kissel. After opening a Jeep dealership in an existing Standard gas station in L'Anse, the Kissel family decided to add Chevrolet and Oldsmobile to the line up. Over time, the gas station went away along with the Jeep franchise, allowing Kissel Chevy Olds to be born.
Over the years, Kissel Chevy Olds has remained a strong business anchor to the L'Anse community all while remaining a family-owned and operated car dealership. Many have come and gone, but the great customers turned extended family members, have kept Kissel Chevy Olds going strong. In the late 90s, Brian Kissel, the son of Virgil Kissel Jr., took over the soon-to-be-known-as Kissel Chevrolet.
Kissel Chevrolet employees, from left to right, are Krystal Larson, owner Brian Kissel, Nick Martin, Rob Remali, John Isaacson, Steve Huuki, Bob Larson, Mike Bessolo, Eric Kytta, Scott Destrampe, Shawn Autio and Marie Roznik. Missing from photo is Mario Paoli.
In recent years, the automotive industry has seen a lot of ups and downs and has gone through a lot of changes. Kissel Chevrolet has continued to grow, all without losing the small-town, family- owned values the business is based on.
The purchase of Parkway Motors of Calumet is yet another step forward in the continued growth of Kissel Chevrolet.
Guests of Kissel Chevrolet will be happy to know that they will be able to enjoy the same great sales and service staff they are used to working with. That statement is true in both Calumet and L'Anse. While the Parkway Motors name may be gone, the names and faces that guests on the north end love to work with, will still be there. Combining two successful teams will only allow Kissel Chevrolet more opportunities to serve the greatest customers in the Midwest.
Kissel Chevrolet will be the official name of the Calumet store, which will sell new Chevrolet, GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, and general pre-owned vehicles. Kissel Chevrolet in Calumet will continue to have the same great parts and service department staff and way of doing things. The same smiling faces, with a few more here and there, with a new name on the sign, that's what you have in Kissel Chevrolet in Calumet.
While Kissel Chevrolet will now call Calumet home, Kissel Automotive is born in L'Anse. Kissel Automotive will offer pre-owned vehicle sales along with the same service and body shop crew that you've come to love. The Chevrolet franchise officially has moved to Calumet, but the L'Anse store's sales staff can coordinate the sale and transaction of purchasing new Chevrolet and GM CPO vehicles through the sales staff of Kissel Chevrolet in Calumet. So, even though you might not see the same inventory that you're used to seeing, you will still have access to the rides that you're looking for without having to take a road trip.
So with Kissel Chevrolet in Calumet and Kissel Automotive in L'Anse, the Kissel brand will continue to grow. All of this has been made possible by the great customers that have stuck with Kissel Chevrolet throughout the years. Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated.
Kissel Chevrolet hopes to grow its extended family on the north end in Calumet.
Two great locations! One great team! Kissel Chevrolet and Kissel Automotive want to thank you all for not only your loyalty in the past, but for your continued loyalty in the future! As the Kissel family grows, so will the offerings and the savings available to the great people of the western U.P.
Kissel Chevrolet is located at 100 Fifth St. in Calumet. Call 337-2412.
Kissel Automotive is located at 920 U.S. 41 in L'Anse. Call 906-524-7870.
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Written by Shawn P. Autio, Marketing Director/Sales Representative for Kissel Chevrolet and Kissel Automotive.
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