Group 1 Automotive adds Kia store, sells Ford dealership

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Automotive News
June 6, 2023

Group 1 said the new Kia store is expected to generate $85 million in annual revenue. The auto retailer also divested a Ford dealership near New Orleans.

Group 1 Automotive's acquisitive year continued with the June 1 purchase of Beck  & Masten Kia in Tomball, Texas, a few weeks after the Houston company bought three—high-volume Buick-GMC stores in Texas, all owned by retiring John Beck and James Masten.

The auto retailer now has purchased dealerships that are expected to add about $1 billion in revenues this year, with the Houston-area Kia store, which will retain its name, projected to bring in $85 million.

"Kia is a new brand for our Houston platform," Group 1 CEO Daryl Kenningham said in a statement. "Kia America experienced the best first-quarter sales performance in the company's history and Houston is the second-fastest growing major metropolitan area in the U.S."

Interest in Kia stores—is rising across the country, according to Ryan Kerrigan, managing director of Kerrigan Advisors, a dealership sell-side firm in Incline Village, Nev.

"That franchise has had a really good run of product, of profitability," Kerrigan told—Automotive News. "The largest dealership groups and the publics like Group 1 are looking to grow their relationship with Kia."

Kerrigan said his firm, which represented Beck and Masten in both sales, continues to see outsized interest in "business-friendly, growing markets such as Texas," which translates into "significant premiums" paid for those dealerships.

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