UPDATE: 45-year-old Sioux City car dealership is sold
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
Woodhouse will take over Charlie Zook Motors on January 14th, 2013.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A Sioux City dealership that's been family run since the late 1960's has been sold. Woodhouse Auto Family will take over Charlie Zook Motors starting January 14th.
Bruce Zook, son of company founder Charlie Zook, said the sale was inevitable, since none of his kids or any immediate family member wanted to manage the business.
Currently, there are nearly 50 workers employed at the dealership.
Zook said he was told by Woodhouse there are no plans to change any members of the staff after the ownership change.
"The family and their name, the more I get to know them, they really value the relationship with their employees, and they have a lot of long term employees, almost no turn over, so they really take good care of employees and their customers," Bruce Zook said.
As for Zook, he's spent so much time in auto sales, he said he hasn't figured out what he'll do next.
Charlie Zook Motors was established in 1967 on Pearl Street with the Dodge franchise. It moved to Auto Row East 6th Street in 1969.
In 1982, they added Chrysler/Plymouth, in 1992, Mitsubishi, in 2000, Jeep and in 2006, Hyundai.
Bruce Zook, President of Charlie Zook Motors said, "The Woodhouse Auto Family organization's focus on employee and customer satisfaction mattered a great deal to us. It's a great fit for our organization and for Siouxland."
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