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New Kia Dealership Announced in Muncie

(October 18, 2011-Muncie, IN) Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance officials announced a partnership group affiliated with the current Toyota and Scion of Muncie dealership had been awarded a dealership franchise for Kia Motors to be located in the Muncie area. This dealership will temporarily be located at 2300 MLK Blvd in Muncie in the former Polo Jeep/Suzuki building on Muncie’s East side. Upon opening, the Kia of Muncie location will sell new Kia vehicles of all makes and models, financing and a full service department for all makes. The dealership is targeting an opening date in early November.

The announcement will bring new jobs and investment to the area with an estimated 15 new positions created immediately with continued investment and employment growth in the coming 1-3 years. Toyota and Scion of Muncie currently employ 40 full time associates at their 3311 N. Nebo location in Muncie. Future plans for the Kia dealership will include new construction of a state of the art facility in the near future. Total investment is expected to exceed $5 million dollars and provide sales and property tax income for years to come.

"We're excited to bring more vehicle choices to customers in the East Central Indiana corridor,” said Jeff Daniels, Managing Partner in the new venture. “We will build this new dealership on a foundation of award winning customer service and community involvement already present in our other operations. Bringing a world class brand like Kia to our area and making this investment is the right thing to do, especially at a time when the Kia is the fastest growing car brand in America. We particularly like Kia's strategy for affordable, stylish, fuel efficient and dependable vehicles. When you consider the industry leading 10 year/ 100,000 mile warranty and U.S. production of its most popular models, there’s value unmatched by most competitors" added Daniels.

“I want to thank Jeff Daniels and his investment group for their strong belief in our community”, said Jay Julian, President and CEO of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. “We are confident Kia of Muncie will be extremely successful and we feel fortunate and excited that your company continues to grow its product lines and services right here in Muncie, Indiana,” added Julian.

“The project will create new jobs, increase the community’s tax base through the significant capital investment that will be made while adding shopping options for the residents of East Central Indiana that do not exist today,” said Terry Murphy, Vice President, Economic Development for the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance. “Toyota/Scion, and now Kia of Muncie are great corporate citizens and we all applaud this announcement today,” added Murphy.

Visit www.kiaofmuncie.com for additional information and grand opening dates as they become available. 

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