Illinois Dealer Combines Car, Cycle Lots

The owner of Benton, Ill.'s only new car dealership has merged the business with his Polaris-Kawasaki dealership at a new, combined location.

Shoppers can find two-, three- or four-wheeled transporatation at Weeks Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Polaris-Kawasaki on Illinois Route 37.

Owner Greg Weeks bought the building after a Ford dealer closed its doors, according to the Benton Evening News.

"We completed the move earlier this month," General Sales Manager Will Zettler told the paper. "We have a lot more square footage, lot space and highway frontage."

The firm has been able to expand both its new and used car inventory and its inventory of ATVs and motorcycles while streamlining business operations. And the move created four new jobs, bringing staff to about 30 employees.

"We now have over 70 motorcycles and ATVs in stock," Zettler told the Evening News. "We not only have our showroom full, but we have many more crated in storage rooms."