Longtime Dealership to Change Hands

By: Dwayne Wilder
Longtime Denison Dealership Changing Hands
Team Bonner Chevrolet Cadillac will give way to Classic Chevrolet Cadillac of Texoma early next month as the longtime owners, Dale and Luke Bonner, call it quits in the new car business.
“It was just time,” said Luke, who with father, Dale, runs the business. “We’ll let someone else have a go at it.”
That ‘someone else’ is Eric Bryant, owner of Classic of Texoma for almost two years.
“I spent two decades with Chevrolet; it’s close to my heart,” said Bryant. “I’m excited to be back.”
Bryant noted that Dale Bonner “is a good friend” and the relationship cemented the deal.
“I can’t think of a more ideal situation,” said Bryant. “Team Bonner has a great reputation in the region and they have a great team in place.”
Dale Bonner echoed the sentiment; saying that Bryant will do well in the new situation.
“He was a Chevy manager for years; and I know he’s glad to be back with them,” said Dale Bonner. “They are good people over there; and they have a great organization. I’m pleased they will take over; they will do well here.”
According to Dale, the time in Denison has been ‘great.’ The dealership started in Whitewright and moved to Denison after three years.
“We couldn’t have asked for anything better; it’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years here,” said Dale. “But it’s time to retire.”
According to Luke, he will miss the dealership and the relationships with customers.
“We’ve had a lot of fun here; I love the car business,” said Luke. “It’s a special place.”
Luke, who joined his father in 2002 at the dealership, said the father-son pair won’t be going far. They plan to go into the used car business in the area.
“I enjoy the car buying experience,” explained Luke. “You are actually helping people. I want to keep that going; just on a smaller scale.”
Dale noted that he is going to be more of a ‘retired’ person than a ‘working’ person. He will help out in any new venture, but a lot of his time will be spent else where.
“I’ll play a lot of golf,” he smiled. “I am ready to be retired; I’ll help when I can, but we want to travel and do some other things.”
When asked about the new chapter in his life, Dale was contemplative for a moment.
“I’m anxious,” he said. “But I’m happy with the decision. It will be good.”
Team Bonner opened in July 1989; exactly 28 years to the month that it is ending.
The new dealership will be under the umbrella, “Classic of Texoma,” which has another dealership in the north part of Denison. Bryant has big plans for Classic Chevrolet.
“Ultimately, I want to move it here with us (Classic of Texoma on US 75),” explained Bryant. “I don’t know exactly how it will look, but I plan for it to be done within two years.”
“We want to make the combined dealership the pride of Texoma,” he concluded.

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