D&D Ford in final weekend countdown; new showroom opens Monday

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, September 28, 2012

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Skip Davenport, President and General Manager of D&D Ford, left, visited the service area at the new site this afternoon. 

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Skip Davenport, President and General Manager of D&D Ford, left, visited the service area at the new site this afternoon. 



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A worker is putting the signage on the front of D&D Ford. The new showroom and service facility opens Monday at 8 a.m.
 

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A worker is putting the signage on the front of D&D Ford. The new showroom and service facility opens Monday at 8 a.m.

 



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The service department will see its area fufilled after D&D Ford closes the doors to the older facility on Satuday at 2 p.m.

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The service department will see its area fufilled after D&D Ford closes the doors to the older facility on Satuday at 2 p.m.



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Some vehicles have been moved to the lot in front of the showroom. Haulers will bring the remaining 150-200 vehicles beginning Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

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Some vehicles have been moved to the lot in front of the showroom. Haulers will bring the remaining 150-200 vehicles beginning Sunday morning at 8 a.m.



At the end of business today, D&D Ford at its present location will have seen its last Friday. After Saturday and Sunday the doors will be closed to the public and its staff for the final time.

D&D Ford, owned by the Davenport family since its origin, on Monday will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of doing business in Greer at its 36,642 square foot showroom and service department at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Skip Davenport, President and General Manager of D&D Ford, said the service department closes at 2 p.m. Saturday. Truck haulers will move 150-200 vehicles the 3.5 miles on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. and it will be business as usual at 8 a.m. Monday.

Flags, balloons and signage are being posted as the finishing touches were being attended. Some vehicles have already been moved onsite.

“We’ve been very busy and I’ll be glad when we’re moved in here,” Skip Davenport said this afternoon. Earlier his father, George, visited the facility and said, “It’s been a long process, about two years. I’ll be glad when it’s over.”

Skip has been the architect of the move and transition to the 6.19 acres site.

He was walking the site Friday afternoon visiting with department managers and vendors overseeing the final days of the move. “We still have some things to do but we’re almost there. We will be ready Monday morning, though,” he said.

Jameson Clark, the service manager, was testing hoses for their height or to see if there was any obstruction that would hinder servicing the vehicles. “I’m excited we’re near opening here and at the same time I will be glad when it’s over.”

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