POMEROY — A packed crowd attended the ribbon cutting Wednesday evening for the new Mark Porter Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac car dealership.
With the official groundbreaking of the facility a year in the past, Porter cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the completed building, followed by a speech inside the new lobby area.
“I got into the car business in 1978 for a summer job, and somehow the summer never ended — and here I am,” Mark said.
He also spoke about his definition of success, and how it has helped him through the years.
“Most people have dreams, and most people fail at them because they have a fear to try,” he said. “And I tell people all the time, ‘The only way you fail at something is if you don’t try. If you try it, you’re successful.’”
Luckily for Porter, his attempts at becoming a successful salesman in a more rural area paid off, allowing for him to open his newest facility. A facility in Athens County exists as well, where Porter’s son Shane works. His other son, Chase, works in the Pomeroy facility. Porter said in total there are six stores he helps operate.
“These boys are an important part of where we’re going to go,” he said.
Porter also thanked his wife, Theresa, for staying by his side through the good and tough times throughout the years.
“Behind every great man there’s a great woman,” he said.
Theresa joined her husband at the microphone as the pair fought back tears.
“Thank you, Meigs County, for taking us in,” she said. “We promise we will support you.”
While the dealership’s official opening is Monday, Aug. 17, family members, media and guests were invited to get a glimpse inside the new facility. The new location, on Charles Chancey Drive just up the hill from Meigs High School, is now 28,000 square feet. The facility will continue to sell new and used vehicles, and now has an indoor vehicle delivery area where customers can review their vehicle before taking it home.
Amenities in the new facility include more parking spaces, cable TV, a vending area, free WiFi, a larger customer service area, a play area for children and free coffee, among others.
The new facility will now serve all makes and models, not just GM, according to Porter’s daughter-in-law Talya Porter. All technicians are certified and factory-trained, and customers who need to service their vehicles may now pull directly into the building for service appointments.
The facility currently has 50 employees, and will have about 62 employees by the time the facility is officially up and running, Porter said.
“To get here was a wonderful thing,” he said.
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