September 12, 2013

Byford's deal in Duncan in final stage

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


Local businessman Randy Byford is expanding his empire of car dealerships. 

Byford recently closed a deal that left him in possession of Mike Terry's car lots in Duncan, Okla. Now, he's just waiting on the respective manufactures to give their seal of approval. 

"I like southwestern Oklahoma," Byford said. "I am from here and this move will give us a better opportunity to serve our customers." 

Byford said managing both locations won't detract from customer service or the success of either business. The deal leaves Byford in control of a Chevrolet, Buick and GMC dealership, as well as a Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep location. 

"I think having both locations will help," he said. "It will give us a bigger selection and we should have an easier time servicing vehicles."

With close to a 35 mile separation between Chickasha and Duncan, Byford said he's embracing the proximity as an advantage. 

The names of the dealerships will change to reflect their new owners, and Byford said he doesn't see too much turnover in the future. 

"I am very pleased with who is at the dealership right now," he said. "I try to surround myself with good employees, and so far I am very pleased with who I have."

Byford said he expects the auto makers to sign off on the sale within the next 45 days. Although other parties are invested in the purchase, Byford said he is the only party who will work on the day-to-day operation of the dealerships. 

"Right now we are putting the procedures in place on how I like to do business," he said.