Taos family-owned Friday Motors sold to Colorado dealership

Chevy franchise to continue under Town and Country Auto Center ownership

– Staff report
Posted 5/22/19

Friday Motors signed a deal Tuesday (May 21) to sell the long-time Taos dealership to Town and Country Auto Center of Colorado, according to general manager Debbie Friday Jagers.

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Taos family-owned Friday Motors sold to Colorado dealership

Chevy franchise to continue under Town and Country Auto Center ownership

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Friday Motors signed a deal Tuesday (May 21) to sell the long-time Taos dealership to Town and Country Auto Center of Colorado, according to general manager Debbie Friday Jagers.

The Taos dealership has been owned and operated by the Friday family for nearly 50 years. It is the last new-vehicle dealership operating in Taos. 

“We are pleased to announce that J. Michael Goodart , Jeff Hacsi and the Town and Country family of dealerships will now be operating in Taos," said Jagers in a news release late Thursday afternoon.

Town and Country Auto Center owns Ford, Chrysler and GM dealerships in Alamosa and Salida, Colorado, as well as a pre-owned vechicle operation in Monte Vista, Colorado.  "I am excited to serve Taos and its neighboring communities for all of its automotive needs," said Jeff Hacsi, in a statement. "It is our mission to provide a great place to do business and offer a good work environment for our employees." 

"We understand the small town way. That's who we are," Hasci added.

In 1971, Larry and Judi Friday purchased Miller’s Autoland,  located then where the Don Fernando hotel is now.  The family has been highly involved and active in Taos ever since. The couple's three daughters – Debbie, Mary and Elizabeth – graduated from Taos High School. The Fridays supported Tiger Sports, many local school projects and community programs. " Our customers, the community and our employees were always the top priorities," said statement from Friday Motors.

According to the news release, when the Fridays decided to sale  the business, they "were certain they had to find a way to continue the local presence of a franchised dealership to provide sales and service to our loyal customers, and to provide jobs for their dedicated employees. It was important to find someone who understood the unique needs of the rural customer."

Friday Motors has formally transitioned to Town and Country. "We're up and running," said Hasci, standing in a showroom at Friday Motors Wednesday (May 22). "The old signs will come down tomorrow."

Town and Country has about 135 employees now, including the 20 from Friday Motors. 

See more on this story in Thursday's edition of The Taos News. 

 

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