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New car dealer rolling in
by Jason Collins
Oct 19, 2012 | 2421 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The old Stimson’s building on U.S. 181 Business Route was sold last week and will become a Ram, Dodge and Jeep dealership.
Jason Collins photo The old Stimson’s building on U.S. 181 Business Route was sold last week and will become a Ram, Dodge and Jeep dealership.
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What was once a furniture store will soon become a new car dealership.

Gus Henderson, who will be the general manager, said that the remodeling of the building at 3000 N. St. Mary’s St. (former Stimson Furniture store) will begin soon.

“We are hopefully going to begin construction sometime in November — barring we don’t have any holdups with permitting,” he said.

The building is currently being rented by Price Supply, which is already moving its business to a vacant pawn shop building on U.S. Highway 59 West. The pawn shop moved recently to the north end of town.

This will be the fourth Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep dealership for the Blake Fulenwider company.

“We plan on being open on the first or beginning of next year,” Henderson said.

Fulenwider operates similar dealerships in Clyde, Kingsville and Eastland.

Part of the company’s decision in choosing Beeville was that the closest dealership is in Corpus Christi.

“It was an open point with the manufacturer that we closed,” Henderson said.

At one time there were dealerships in Odem and George West. Both of those closed though.

“Because of the Eagle Ford activity in Kenedy and Karnes City... and all these small towns being right here, Chrysler decided there was a need for a dealership here.”

Along with selling cars and trucks, the dealership also will be a service center for both company fleets and individuals.

Beyond just the excitement that comes with the opening of a new store, there is something special for Henderson about having a dealership in Beeville

“My family’s ranch is in Live Oak County,” he said. “We lived between Mathis and George West.

“I went to school at Mathis High School.

“I spent a lot of time in Beeville.”

This past week, Henderson has spent his free time house shopping in Beeville, something he admits has been difficult because of the shortage.

“The nice properties go on the market and are gone the same day,” he said. “What it looks like we are going to have to do is just rent a house and get down there. That way I can get this dealership built.”

Being here full-time, he said, should make house shopping easier.

“We are excited,” he said. “We have a lot of friends and family who are still there.

“My parents are still living in the same home I was raised in.”

Henderson is married to Amy and they have one son, Charles, who is 5.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.

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