NEW SALEM GARAGE, INC. LAUNCHES MARKET RESTRUCTURING PLAN
Phase one calls for consolidation of all operations at
Saab of Halfmoon in Clifton Park/Halfmoon
SLINGERLANDS, NY - April 4, 2005 - New Salem Garage, Inc., in conjunction with the manufacturer, Saab USA, has initiated a market restructuring plan to be completed in two phases. At the completion of phase one, scheduled for May 1, 2005, operations at New Salem Saab in Slingerlands will cease and all sales, service and parts operations will be consolidated at the Saab of Halfmoon location in Clifton Park/Halfmoon. The authorized Saab dealership, located one mile east of Northway Exit 9 on Route 146, Clifton Park, will be renamed New Salem Saab of Halfmoon.
Phase two of the market restructuring plan, anticipated to take 36 months or less, calls for all operations to be consolidated at a single new location situated somewhere between the two current dealerships in Slingerlands and Clifton Park/Halfmoon. Locations in Albany (Central Avenue) and Latham (Route 9) are under consideration.
"After operating our two dealer locations for three years, the manufacturer, Saab USA, and I realized that the Capital District market needs one authorized Saab dealership in a more central location to provide more convenient sales and service to all of our clients," said Darryl Carl, president and owner of New Salem Garage, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, New Salem Saab and Saab of Halfmoon. "With the encouragement of Saab USA we chose to temporarily move all of our operations to Clifton Park/Halfmoon because it's a newer facility and is located within the same area of responsibility for the phase two final location. We can also accommodate the anticipated increase in sales, service and warranty work. We have already seen a steady and constant growth in this location."
"We realize that this temporary move may cause some inconvenience for our clients, so we are taking several steps to lessen the impact of the consolidation," said Carl. According to Carl, the service department at New Salem Saab of Halfmoon will be open extended hours on Saturday from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM. A full technical staff will be available from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday. Saab owners who find it difficult to travel to Clifton Park/Halfmoon for service and warranty work can schedule a free pickup of their Saab at their home or office. After service or warranty repairs have been made the car will be returned. The loaner car fleet at New Salem Saab of Halfmoon will be more than doubled and a shuttle service commencing at 8:00 AM will be available.
After May 1, 2005, all Saab service and warranty work needs to be scheduled at New Salem Saab of Halfmoon. Appointments can be made by calling 518-665-0200 or clients have the option of making service appointments on line at www.saabofhalfmoon.com.
"New Salem Garage, Inc. has been the Capital District's Saab dealer for 44 years," said Carl. "We have always been committed to maintaining our client's Saab cars with the craftsmanship and professionalism that has earned us their business. We will do everything we can to smooth this transition and to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. I will stay heavily involved with all departments to ensure we never loose sight of the lessons taught to me by my father, Fred," Carl added. "To that end, we are sending letters and a survey to all of our loyal clients, informing them of their sales and service options and seeking their input on how we can further improve and strengthen our relationships with them."
New Salem Saab of Halfmoon address:
New Salem Saab of Halfmoon 1 Enterprise Dr. Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-665-0200 518-665-0202 fax www.saabofhalfmoon.comNew Salem Saab of Halfmoon
Founded in 1947 as New Salem Garage, Inc. and selling and servicing Saabs since 1961, the company has been owned and operated by three generations of the Carl family, providing safe, luxurious, reliable, high-performance Saab automobiles to customers throughout the Capital Region, western Vermont and Massachusetts. New Salem Saab of Halfmoon is the only authorized Saab dealer in the Capital District, offering new and Certified Pre-owned Saab cars and previously owned cars of various makes and models. New Salem Saab of Halfmoon's factory-trained service technicians provide service for Saab owners and can perform routine service on all makes and models.
For more information about New Salem Saab of Halfmoon and to see a listing of previously owned cars, visit www.saabofhalfmoon.com.
# # # # # Contact: Darryl Carl 518-478-7222 or 518-665-0200 President and Owner firstname.lastname@example.org New Salem Saab Saab of Halfmoon