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10-17-19

Sunbelt Chrysler of Live Oak sells dealership to Walt’s


By Tami Stevenson


The familiar Sunbelt chain of car dealerships in Lake City, Live Oak and surrounding areas, will be one less this month, as Owner Walt Coward, of Georgia, decided to sell his Live Oak location to Walt’s Live Oak Ford Owner Liz Bryan.


The team from Walt’s is excited about this addition. Walt’s General Manager Bryan Blair said they have been under contract with Sunbelt of Live Oak for a couple months and the closing should take place October 18, 2019. He added they are looking forward to great new things that are in store for Live Oak and the Walt’s (now) family of dealerships. Customers can expect to see a larger inventory. They also plan to be very active in the community and Suwannee County.


Many thought they were going to sell Ford vehicles at the Sunbelt location but they want the community to know, they will continue to sell Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram there. They will be completely separate dealerships, but have a common ownership and common management – Walt’s. Blair said they intend to keep all of the Sunbelt employees that want to stay and will be looking to hire more in the months to come.


Blair will be the General Manager over both dealerships, while Walt’s General Sales Manager Chris Fuimaono, will take on the roll of GMS at the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealership. Blair is bringing in Dino Daniel who will take on the roll of GMS at Walt’s.


Their long term goal is to build a new Chrysler dealership next to the Ford location and expect that to be completed in approximately three years.


Meanwhile, customers can expect to see some remodeling at the Chrysler location, they will be adding a soda fountain, putting in new furniture in the showroom, work on the parking lot, add additional lights on the building, revamp the customer lounge area with new countertops and furniture, paint the outside of the building and create parking spaces that are clearly defined when customers visit the dealership.


The Walt’s Ford location is also undergoing some major changes. Contractors began work last week to create a whole new showroom on the front of the dealership, almost tripling in size.  
“It will be a beautiful new, modern looking building,” Blair added. They hope to be done sometime in January.


The Walt’s team is looking forward to the new changes ahead, with the ability to serve the North Florida area and the local community in an even greater capacity. They would like to invite everyone to stop by and say hello to their friendly sales professionals at both locations.


The Chrysler dealership is located at 1307 Howard Street (Hwy. 90) in Live Oak. Walt’s is located at 1109 Ohio Avenue North (Hwy. 129) in Live Oak.