Danville resident Abel Toll is expanding his car dealership business further into St. Johnsbury.
Toll and his Autosaver Group already own more than a dozen dealerships across the region including Quality Mitsubishi located at 36 Memorial Drive in St Johnsbury.
On Friday, Toll announced he was buying two other Memorial Drive dealerships including St. J Buick-GMC and St. J Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram from fellow car dealer John Loschiavo.
Toll said it was a good opportunity at the right time.
“It was just a good fit,” said Toll. “Over the years we’ve expanded as opportunities came along. I like the product and I live in Danville so this is close to home.”
Toll also knows the product.
“We have other Buick-GMC stores and we have other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram stores,” said Toll.
Autosaver Group also owns Littleton Chevrolet-Buick and Crosstown Motors in Littleton, N.H. as well as Capitol City Buick-GMC and Capitol City Volkswagen-Mazda in Montpelier.
The company now has over 500 employees and Toll said he plans to add to that when he officially takes over the new dealerships sometime in late October or early November.
“We’re going to retain all the present employees that want to stay,” said Toll. “Everybody who’s there will be offered a job.”
Toll said he also plans to keep the local feel of his new dealerships.
“Even though we’re a large company at this point, the stores are run on an individual basis,” said Toll. “They have their own personalities.”
Autosaver Group also owns dealerships in Newport, Bennington, North Springfield and South Burlington, Vermont; as well as Comstock, N.Y., Newport, N.H.