June 1st, 2022 by

We are pleased to announce that West Herr has completed the purchase of O’Connor Chevrolet in Rochester owned by Mark O’Connor.  On Saturday, June 4, West Herr Chevrolet of Rochester will be open for business located at 3850 West Henrietta Road in Rochester. Chevrolet is the leading brand in the Rochester market, and has been owned by the same family for 56 years.

West Herr Chevrolet of Rochester will be 34th location for our group, as well as our 5th Chevrolet store.  With this acquisition, West Herr will now have 10 dealerships in the Rochester market. The dealership currently has 75 employees, and the large facility is renovated to the current up to date General Motors Facility Image, and is projected to sell a combined total of 2,400 new and used vehicles per year. Bethanne Hollis Kaiser, the Vice President of Sales Operations for West Herr has been appointed Dealer Principal and Partner of West Herr Chevrolet of Rochester. The existing General Manager Steve Dash, along with the existing Sales, Service and Parts Managers will continue in their roles.

Scott Bieler, President & CEO of the West Herr Automotive Group expressed that “Mark O’Connor is highly respected in the Rochester area for his integrity and commitment to the community.  Everyone at West Herr is excited and looking forward to carrying on the quality sales and service experience that Mark and his team have established through the years. West Herr has represented Chevrolet since 1989, and we are proud to continue our tradition of representing one of the strongest brands in the industry.”

Mark O’Connor, President of O’Connor Chevrolet commented that “It’s been my honor and privilege to have served the Rochester community for all of these years, and I’m confident that my extremely loyal customer base is in good hands moving forward!”

West Herr, which was founded in 1950, started as a single point Ford Dealership in Hamburg, New York, and is the largest automotive group in New York State. Since 1950, West Herr has sold over 1,200,000 vehicles. With 34 locations in Erie, Niagara, Monroe, Ontario and Onondaga counties representing 23 franchises and 2,682 employees.  In 2021, West Herr sold nearly 60,000 vehicles and serviced more than 470,000 vehicles.  West Herr has received Business First of Buffalo’s “Best Places to Work in WNY” award for 18 consecutive years, recently named “The Top Workplace in Rochester” through the Democrat & Chronicle, and the Better Business Bureau “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” 8 times. The West Herr Automotive Group is dedicated to absolute excellence in customer service provided by honest, responsible, and respectful people. West Herr supports individual pride, company spirit, and community involvement.

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