Nissan of LaGrange, located at 224 Commerce Avenue, became the 900th member of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce during their Thursday morning ribbon cutting ceremony.
The owners, management and employees of Nissan of LaGrange were joined by guests that included family, friends, representatives of the county, city and other area businesses to celebrate the occasion.
Owner/General Manager Paul Buch, Dealer Principal Charles Oglesby and Social Media Director Jon Oglesby were pleased to receive such a warm welcome from members of the LaGrange community.
“This is one of the fun days, when we get to meet the people of the community who we don’t usually get to see until they need to buy a car or come in for service,” Charles Oglesby said. “Today, this ribbon cutting is to introduce us to the LaGrange community members and local business owners.”
Nissan of LaGrange first opened Oct. 1, 2012 and was originally located on New Franklin Road.
“This facility was still being renovated so we had to wait to move here but we didn’t want to wait to open the dealership,” Buch said. “We are from here, we live here and we have been in the automobile business for a long time. We are going to bring Nissan to the next level. We want to offer customers another choice, something they haven’t had in the past.”
The dealership has a wide selection Nissan models in a variety of colors. Charles Oglesby knows that inventory alone will not guarantee the success of the dealership.
“The core of every successful business is the ability to serve the customers’ needs. All of the employees are excited about providing quality vehicles and service to our customers,” Oglesby said. “We take care of our customers and our employees and we have a great product; we are going to have a very predictable result.”
During the ceremony, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce President Page Estes, LaGrange City Mayor Jeff Lukken, Troup County Commissioner Chairman Ricky Wolfe and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Scott Landa all took the opportunity to welcome Nissan of LaGrange as the newest member of the chamber.
Lukken gave his welcome and then said that he hopes that people of the community will be buying Nissan cars but if they don’t, he reminded everyone that they should still buy locally, keeping the money in the area.
“On behalf of Troup County, welcome, not only for the dealership but for your families also,” Wolfe said. “Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help you.”
Everyone was gathered behind the green and gold ribbons, Buch was standing ready with the large wooden chamber scissors, with Charles Oglesby and Wolfe on either side of him. Before the start of the countdown for the actually cutting, Estes explained the significance of the colors of the ribbons.
“The green, of course, represents the money that you will earn and the gold represents the golden relationships that you will develop with the other members of the chamber,” Estes said. “Is everyone ready?”
With that, the countdown began and Buch, assisted by Oglesby keeping the ribbons in place, made the final cut. Oglesby then took the opportunity to thank everyone.
“This is a wonderful moment for us. We had searched for a year to find a place for this dealership. When I came to LaGrange, I knew it was right, just look at the quality of the community,” Oglesby said. “We know that we want to become a part of the fabric of this community. We want to be the best. Thank you, it’s a very warm welcome.”
The guests were then invited to help themselves to the food and drink that were set out in buffet style. Guests were also invited to tour the facility, with the Nissan executives and employees.
The Nissan of LaGrange dealership may be reached at 706.884.1744 or at www.nissanoflagrange.com.