NORMAN — Several years ago, Norman's Cadillac dealership was targeted for elimination by bankrupt General Motors Co. The dealership survived and is now unveiling its new, luxurious building to the public.
Bob Moore Cadillac of Norman was one of 17 Oklahoma dealerships chosen to be eliminated from the GM brand in 2009, as the automaker went through bankruptcy and restructured its dealer network. The dealer protested and later won an appeal to continue operating.
General Manager Jeff Powell said GM emerged from the bankruptcy stronger and began to focus more on Cadillac, adding new models, which helped the dealership in the long run.
State economy solid
“The car business had a considerable slowdown. But in Oklahoma, our economy has been pretty solid. Cadillac never really missed a beat,” Powell said. “Our business has been very good since 2008.”
The new location at 6400 N Interstate Drive opened for business last week.
The dealership has a 5,000-square-foot showroom (large enough for seven vehicles), accented with marble, custom cabinetry and wood provided by Cadillac. The dealership is outfitted with LED televisions, a children's play area, conference room available for community use and an air-conditioned service drive.
Powell said the entire service department is air-conditioned and state-of-the-art, allowing them to attract top quality mechanics.
The project has been in the works for three years. Construction costs were not disclosed.
Powell said the former building, on Main Street just south of Interstate 35, was built in the 1970s and was in need of repair.
“We searched all over the city of Norman for the best location, and we felt like this location really was the best,” he said.
Being on the northern edge of Norman will be more convenient to the dealer's Oklahoma City customers.
Bob Moore also operates a Cadillac dealership in Edmond; Powell is general manager of both stores.
If you go
• Bob Moore Cadillac grand opening
• 6400 N Interstate Drive (at Indian Hills Road)
• Ribbon cutting 4:30 p.m. Thursday
• VIP Party 5 to 8 p.m.