With the opening of a new auto dealership in Columbia, Bob Brockland Buick-GMC and the employees and family behind it hope to bring new opportunities to the area.
Mike Rogers, general manager of the new location at 580 Old State Route 3, said the feedback so far has been outstanding.
They had their ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday, complete with Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson and other city officials on hand and Father Carl Scherrer from Immaculate Conception Church providing a blessing on the dealership.
“We have positive reviews going up daily on various sites including many compliments from everyone that has visited,” Rogers said.
He said they hope to provide exceptional service to the people of Monroe County, as they have provided others for more than 40 years in the area.
“We also hold ourselves accountable to provide a family-oriented store by offering a very laid-back atmosphere and value-based prices to anyone that we can assist.”
This new dealership means another chapter in the life of the Bob Brockland family.
“We feel that this is an exceptional opportunity to service those in the area and by also residing in the area we feel that this will be a long-term commitment for us and the community,” Rogers said. “We invite anyone in the area to stop in for a personal tour, regardless if you’re in the market at this time or in need of any service assistance.”
Hutchinson said he is also excited with the opening of this new dealership to Columbia.
“They will be a great addition to the auto choices in Columbia,” he said. “In my conversations with the Brocklands, they live in the community, support the community and they are community-minded.”
Last year, the Columbia City Council approved a tax rebate agreement with Brockland to relocate from its Cahokia location. The sales tax rebate allows Brockland to keep 70 percent of annual sales taxes owed to the city for a period of 10 years, or until Brockland has retained $1.5 million, whichever comes first.
The Columbia School Board approved a similar tax arrangement with Brockland.