Germain Automotive, owned by Rick Germain, Paul Germain and John Germain, has acquired five Sonic Automotive dealerships located in the Georgesville Auto Mall at I-270 and Georgesville Road. Germain bought the Hatfield-owned real estate, and will own and operate Toyota West, Germain Volkswagen of Columbus (formerly Hatfield Volkswagen), Germain Subaru of Columbus (formerly Hatfield Subaru), Germain Hyundai (formerly Hatfield Hyundai) and Germain Kia of Columbus (formerly Hatfield Kia).
Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Germain assumed ownership Nov. 4, 2019.
The former Sonic Automotive dealerships currently employ approximately 300 employees.
“The opportunity to acquire five stores and double our volume of business in this market is a very unique opportunity,” owner Rick Germain said, in a statement. “Central Ohio is growing and we want to be a part of that. Acquiring a group of stores that were previously part of a large publicly traded group affords us the opportunity to learn from one another. We will implement best practices developed at a larger scale while also establishing our family-owned Germain culture that is centered around exceptional customer experience.”
Germain Automotive currently is comprised of six of the original 16 Germain Motor Co. stores, located in Columbus and Naples, Florida. They are Germain Lexus of Dublin, Germain Lexus of Easton, Germain Nissan of Columbus, Germain Ford of Columbus, Germain Mazda of Columbus and Germain Toyota of Naples.