Sames Auto Group celebrates acquisition of Chevrolet, Nissan franchise

Sames Auto Group officially held opening events at the locations of its two new franchises on Wednesday. The event was officially announced last year after they took over the Laredo Chevrolet and Nissan franchises on December 9, 2021, which were once part of Paul Young’s Dealers — their toughest competitor in years.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sames Laredo Chevrolet began with the mariachi singing a few songs for the audience, a prayer reading by Pastor Paul Fry of the Bishops of Christ Church and various guest speakers talking about the importance of opening the new location.


Evelyn Sames, owner and chief operating officer of the group, said they are delighted that they have the full support of a community like Laredo in their quest to continue to develop and grow and help others locally achieve their own success.

“Laredo is our home, and it’s a city that is growing and thriving,” Sames said. “This is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and run a business, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to continue investing in Laredo and partnering with Chevrolet and Nissan to expand our services.

“Today is an exciting day for me, our extended family and our community as we welcome Sames Laredo Chevrolet and Sames Laredo Nissan to our group. When I started my career 17 years ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of today as Paul Young is our competitor. He is a good competitor and he makes my job both difficult and enjoyable, so this is a long awaited opportunity and I am very happy to share it with all of you.”

Sames’ father, Hank — president of the Sames Auto Group organization — was also present at the event where he spoke about how amazing it was to get the acquisition from Paul Young when they opened their new location.

“We are very pleased to have purchased a Paul Young Dealer, or dealer because these are actually two dealers. I feel very blessed that they contacted us and asked if we were interested, and we are looking for ways to expand our business, especially in our home market. , said Hank Sames. “Some might say you’ve had a Chevrolet and a Ford now it won’t be that competitive, but I hate to tell you we’re going to be very competitive because the people here, they want to be No. 1. The folks at Ford and Honda dealerships want to be No. 1, so the competition continues.”

Hank Sames also spoke about how the dealership continues to thrive and grow but also gives back to the community while also announcing his $10,000 donation to Laredo College during his speech.

Gabriela Morales, CEO and president of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, was present at the event and provided some insight into what opening a new dealership could mean for the city.

“As President and CEO of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, I appreciate Sames giving back to our community economically and socially,” said Morales. “The Sames brand has stood strong for over 110 years, and now that they have grown, they will be able to contribute more as a source of well-paying jobs, as a driver of the economy in the city and as a staple of Laredo ever since. back to the downtown store in 1910.

“The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and strongest business organization in the community, and we are here to support the dealer industry, increase their reach and promote them properly to gain clients from Laredo and beyond. The Chamber thanks the Sames family for their dedication to our community.”

The new dealer general manager also spoke briefly about his feelings about the grand opening and community event expected for later this weekend.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a great organization, and we invite all of you to join us this Saturday to celebrate,” said Trent Stricker, general manager of Sames Laredo Chevrolet and Sames Laredo Nissan. “All employees are pleased Sames Group decided to purchase dealers and keep them locally owned and operated. And we are all looking forward to moving forward with Texas’ oldest dealer.”

IBC Bank Senior Vice President Wilfredo Martinez was present for the event. He talked about the honor of opening a new location.

“It is an honor for me on behalf of the International Bank of Commerce, our executives and CEO Mr. Dennis Nixon to be a part of this, and to help the family continue to grow,” Martinez said.

Sames said he was grateful for the support of the community that the company and organization continued to grow in the area and its surroundings.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of our community,” said Sames. “(That’s) the reason we are here and growing today.”

Stricker says that the “secret sauce” to success is having a local community behind everything they do in an effort to continue to grow and thrive in the area.

Sames Auto Group is officially recognized as the oldest dealership in Texas, as the organization has continued to be owned by the Sames family through five generations since 1910. The group comprises 16 new and used vehicle locations in South and Central Texas that includes franchise ownership such as Ford, Chevrolet , Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Honda, Mazda, Kia and Nissan.

The company is also said to employ more than 700 people statewide in their various locations.

Although the official grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, the grand opening celebrations actually began for the general public on Saturday, March 26 at 11am. Saturday’s celebratory festivities will include drinks, building your own ice cream sundae bar for the kids. , prize draws to be held every half hour of the event and even a chance for locals to win new cars.

The official opening celebrations will be held at 3701 E. Saunders Street. More information about Sames Auto Group and other events can be found by visiting their website at samesauto.com.

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