MORLAN CHRYSLER BUYS FORMER SATURN PROPERTY
Former Saturn dealership property located at 374 Siemers in Cape
A Sikeston and Dexter based automobile
company will open a Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealership at
374 Seimers in Cape Girardeau according to Tom Kelsey,
Broker with Lorimont Place, Ltd who handled the recent sale
of the car dealership property. The building and property
located next to Sears housed the former Saturn dealership
that closed at the first of this year.
Morlan Chrysler plans to open a Chrysler,
Dodge and Jeep dealership inside the former Cape Girardeau
Saturn facility to serve north Scott County, Cape Girardeau and
Jackson areas with an anticipated opening in early October.
The new dealership will offer between 125 and 150 new and
100 used vehicles when it opens.
John Morlan, a partner with Morlan Auto
Group, said his corporation is pleased about expanding into the
Cape Girardeau market. They presently have a total of five
dealerships, including a general motors dealership in Dexter,
Missouri and two dealerships in Sikeston, Missouri including a
Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep operation and General Motors agency.
Kelsey said he understood that the buyer
intended extensive remodeling of the existing Saturn building
including modifications to include a Chrysler prototype design
and expanding the service department from five to 21 stalls.
No announcement was made regarding new jobs in the
automobile agency, but several were anticipated.
John Morlan, who already is a Cape Girardeau
resident responded that "We're obviously excited about what lies
ahead, since this is a good town and a good market "In our other
markets we had a few thousand people, so coming to a market with
50,000 people in Cape Girardeau and Jackson is a big plus. We're
blessed to be here."
Morlan said the dealership likely will begin
receiving its first shipment of Chryslers in late September.
"If you don't have a good
service department, you won't have strong sales," Morlan said.
"People will more than likely buy their cars somewhere else the
next time if you don't have somewhere for them to return for
Tom Kelsey, who handled
the real estate transaction, said the highest and best use of
the 13,620 square-foot building on 3.38 acres with interstate
visibility was another new car dealership.
Since it was surrounded by other
car dealerships, it certainly was no surprise that Chrysler was
interested in acquiring the property. No sales price was
disclosed but the Lorimont website indicated an asking price of
The property, owned by Jim Butler
in St. Louis, Missouri had been available since early spring
according to the Lorimont broker.