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Monday, March 6, 2000

Tony Group
plans to form
‘super block’

The move comes amid
a consolidation in which it
is giving up its GM franchises

By Russ Lynch


Tony Group, a 33-year-old Oahu automobile dealership, plans to consolidate its various brand dealerships by the end of April into what it is calling an "automotive super block" on Kamehameha Highway in Aiea.

In the process, the group will lose its General Motors franchises, by mutual agreement with General Motors Corp., which plans to open a new Hawaii dealership within a few weeks, said Stan Masamitsu, Tony Group president.

Tony Group will eliminate 18 positions throughout its business. Masamitsu said the jobs will be phased out over a period of several months and he hopes many or all of the affected employees will be hired by the new GM dealership.

As the Oldsmobile and GMC franchises move out, Tony Nissan's Waipahu and Pearl City stores will be relocated into what is now the Tony Oldsmobile GMC Volkswagen facility at 98-055 Kamehameha Highway, next to Tony Honda.

Tony Oldsmobile Volkswagen will be renamed Tony Volkswagen and move into a new showroom that is under construction next door at 98-075 Kamehameha Highway.

Tony Group was founded when Tony Masamitsu open his first dealership, in Japan. In 1977, he opened Oahu's first exclusive Honda dealership, Tony Honda.

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