WATERTOWN — There’s been a substantial shake up in the globe of north place vehicle dealerships.
Regional vehicle dealerships owned by William B. “Billy” Fuccillo have been sold, almost a yr just after his demise.
Fuccillo Automotive Group has bought a Mitsubishi dealership in Watertown and Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Ford dealerships in Adams.
The deal does not include Fuccillo Import in Watertown or Fuccillo Chevrolet in Adams, explained Kevin Hadley, Fuccillo Vehicle Team revenue supervisor.
The new operator was not interested in the Import dealership, even though the foreseeable future of the Chevy site could be clearer in 3 to six months, he explained.
The offer was finalized on Thursday.
Using over is Wally’s Auto Group, owned by Wally Darwish, who has dealerships in New Jersey and Extended Island.
The New York showrooms will just take his initially name in the title of the dealerships. For occasion, it will be Wally’s Ford of Adams.
Mr. Darwish satisfied with workers at neighborhood dealerships on Friday, Mr. Hadley mentioned.
“I worked for Billy for 22 many years,” Mr. Hadley stated. “(Wally) reminds me of Billy. He’s a good male.”
Due to the fact he died very last June, it is been an unsettling time for Fuccillo staff members even though they grieved Mr. Fuccillo’s dying and puzzled about the future of the business.
But now employees know what’s to arrive for the dealerships, Mr. Hadley said.
“It was a sigh of aid for staff members,” he mentioned. “Employees I talked to, I consider, are enthusiastic, most of all.”
All Fuccillo workers will remain with the new vehicle group, he reported.
Mr. Fuccillo died at age 65 after his well being declined above an prolonged period of time. He was greatly recognizable for his tv commercials in which he promoted his enterprise with the tagline, “It’s huuuuge.” He began his automotive empire when he opened his initially dealership on Route 11 in Adams in 1989.
Prior to his loss of life, Mr. Fuccillo offered dealerships in New York and Florida. But the automobile group maintained 20 other places in the course of the two states.
The sale of the neighborhood Fuccillo dealerships is between a complete of 10 in New York that Wally’s has acquired. The buy selling price was not divulged.
Other Mitsubishi, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Ford and Nissan dealerships have been offered in Seneca Falls, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Latham, East Greenbush and Nelliston.
In accordance to the company’s web page, Wally’s is “New York’s Latest Automobile Procuring Destination.”
Mr. Fuccillo’s son, William B. Fuccillo, has remained president of the Fuccillo Car Group.