By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
The phones at Marc Heitz Chevrolet in Norman are being answered, “Good morning, David Stanley Chevrolet,” this morning.
That’s because Heitz is closing the deal this morning to sell the top dealership in the state to David Stanley Auto Group.
“GM had asked us to change the facility in a total remodel,” Heitz said. “It had to do with incentive monies and being eligible for rewards within the company and if you didn’t do it, you weren’t a team player.”
Heitz built the new facility during the height of the recent depression and increased sales volume when other dealers were seeing volume drop by half.
“They have a standardization program where they want all of the dealerships to look the same and it happened after we built the new dealership,” Heitz said. “We built the dealership when GM was going through bankruptcy.”
The new facility was part of the package of success that generated increased volume while others were struggling just to make a sale but that isn’t the whole picture, Heitz said
Enthusiastic employees and a great community and great market made that success possible, he said.
“David Stanley is getting an incredible opportunity. It’s an incredible market and Norman’s always supported the Chevy brand,” Heitz said.
Marc Heitz Chevrolet has been the top dealer in the state for the past four years and is ranked around No. 15 nationwide.
“The community supported us because we support them,” Heitz said. “There’s a formula for success in Norman and it all revolves around support to the local businesses and the local charities and academics. … We hope he continues all of that stuff and that Norman continues to support the brand.“