Gerald Jones Celebrates 45 Years in Business Today
The year was 1974.
Andy Jones, who was only 11 at the time, clearly remembers when his father, Gerald Jones, purchased a Volkswagen car dealership on Milledgeville Road in south Augusta.
“We had a gravel lot back then,” said Andy Jones. “It was just rudimentary.
In fact, when we started, we had 12 employees. Now, we have about 320.”
Gerald Jones decided to invest in the south Augusta dealership because he saw great potential in the centralized location, Andy Jones said.
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“We started off small, but it was a family. You knew everybody. Not only that, you also knew the names of everybody’s kids,” Andy Jones said. “Because, in this business, you spend more time at work than you do at home with your own family. But it was a lot of fun, and it was a good location for us.”
Not long after purchasing the Volkswagen dealership on Milledgeville Road, his father added both Honda and Volvo to that location. “By 1983, we built the Honda store at the corner of Milledgeville Road and Gordon Highway and, in 1986, we bought Subaru. By 1989, we built the big store and combined Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo, and we added Audi around 1992 or so.”
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Andy Jones saw the dealership grow and thrive in south Augusta.
“People still come in all the time saying, ‘I bought my first car from your dad on Milledgeville Road.’ I love hearing those stories.”
Gerald Jones Auto Group now proudly has eight auto franchises including
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Audi, Ford, Honda, Lincoln, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo.
In 2001, Andy Jones announced he was moving his base of operations to Washington and Flowing Wells roads in Columbia County.
“When we bought the dealership back in 1974, I think Columbia County had something like 27,000 people in it. Now, it has 150,000 people or so.”
Jones posted on Facebook earlier today “I cannot express my appreciation. We now have two sons, two son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law working with us. So the third generation is learning how special our team members and customers are.”