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Stockton automobile dealerships sell new or used cars at the retail level,
Dealerships contract with an automaker or its sales subsidiary. they employ
automobile salespeople while most probably provide maintenance services for
cars, by employing Automotive Technicians. They also stock and sell spare
automobile parts, and handle warranty repairs. Related Automobile business sell
parts, wheels and tires, handle tune-ups and auto body work
Knowles - 102 South Wilson Way - Harold "Ted" Knowles, along with his wife Dena built a tiny Wilson Way gasoline station into a prominent Stockton auto parts and
sporting goods retail outlet that bore their name, died in a nearby Lodi hospital at the age of 90. Mr. Knowles along with his wife Dena started the gas station at
Wilson & Market Street in 1944. Mr. Knowles soon made his name known for giving away free pumpkins, plastic hood ornaments along with free drinking glasses and windshield
trinkets which attached using suction cups. Every now and then he held drawings to win free cars. "He was extremely talented in deciding upon items to promote the gas
station," Carl Knowles, his son recalled. "And he liked working with the general public, to be on hand at the station, his specialty, and in later years inside the
store. He loved talking with people."
The Knowles' quickly opened an auto-supply store next door to the gas station, piling auto parts in apple crates. Gradually they expanded their goods to include boating
supplies, fishing gear, camping equipment and garden supplies . In 1961 the Knowles opened their second gas station, at the corner of Pacific Avenue & Hammer Lane, which
also had a a small store. They built their current Knowles building at 1140 W. Hammer Lane in 1977.. It was also next door to the gas station, which has subsequently been
closed and torn down. The cramped store on Wilson Way was closed when the Hammer Lane location was opened. Gradually Carl Knowles assumed the operation of the Knowles
Store, although his parents would come by regularly to see how he and other members of the family in the business were doing. "Dad came by almost daily until he fell and
broke his hip," Carl Knowles said. "Customers came in and constantly asked for him."
O'Reilly Auto Parts- 1440 E. Harding Way - / Former Garabaldi Flying A / On April 1, 2008, O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. signed a deal to acquire all of CSK's common
stock for approximately one billion dollars, including $500 million of debt. O'Reilly began gradually rebranding Checker Auto Parts, Schucks Auto Supply, and Kragen Auto
Parts stores as O'Reilly Auto Parts stores
Former Gabbard Lincoln - Mercury - Honda - 640 North El Dorado Street
Former Hansel & Ortman / Don Mann - Hunter & Park
Former Plummer Automall - Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Pontiac - 1333 E Kettleman Ln closed it's doors on February 25, 2009, making it the second major auto dealer in Lodi to
succumb to the souring economy and putting 59 people out of work.
The dealership's president, Dennis Plummer, said "it is with deep regret" that the business would close, "bringing to an end a proud legacy of serving the Lodi and
Stockton communities for nearly 30 years." "This was not an easy decision for the management of our company and one that it went to great lengths to try and avoid,"
Plummer said. He added that management tried to re-negotiate its commitments with the General Motors Acceptance Corporation and Farmers and Merchants Bank but ultimately
was unsuccessful. He noted that in 2008 the company generated $975,000 in sales tax revenue for the city of Lodi and San Joaquin County. "I want to take this very sad
time to thank the Lodi community for your business and support for the last 28 years," Plummer said. "It was our honor to serve this fabulous community and the people
Plummer's closure followed that of Geweke Chrysler Jeep Dodge, which ceased operations earlier this month. The auto industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors of
the current economic downturn, and the industry's struggles can be seen as local dealerships close their doors.
Former Saturn Dealership - Stockton Auto Mall
Cudney Auto Supply / Former Delta Pontiac - 847 North El Dorado
Former E Allen Test Dodge Dealer - 1045 N. El Dorado Street - 1931
Former Immel Motor Parts Company from 1940-1949 - 130 East Miner
J.E. Meyer Hudson Dealer - 625 East Miner - J. E. Meyer sold Kaiser and Willys, then switched to Hudson, then Rambler in the late fifties
Hatch Chevrolet - Miner Avenue at Hunter
Packard Dealership - 1045 N. El Dorado St
Former home of Eagle Ford, Fairway Ford and then Don Mann - 711 E. Miner - Pat Craig now owns the building and has his car restoration / collection at this
Eagle Ford used car lot on East Miner
Former Stockton Lincoln - Mercury Dealership - Stockton Auto Mall
Studebaker Dealer, 140 North American at Channel. Later Gaia Delluchi occupied the building. - Studebaker - 720 North El Dorado - 1945
Thomas M. Lucas Plymouth / DeSoto Dealership - 1045 N. El Dorado St in 1949
Thomas M. Lucas Plymouth / DeSoto / Plymouth Dealership - 1045 N. El Dorado St.
LD Allen - Cole and Duryea Dealer - 245 N. San Joaquin Street.
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Automobile Dealers and Supplies in StocktonGene Wright