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January 9, 2014

Byford to move dealership to Lawton-Duncan Y

DUNCAN — The Chevrolet dealership in Duncan  will be moving north to the Lawton-Duncan Y, the new owner said Wednesday.

Randy Byford told the Duncan Rotary Club the new location, where Oklahoma 7 splits from U.S. 81 to Lawton,  will make make it easier to manage the car dealerships he now owns after a legal dispute broke up the ownership group that preceded him.

Byford still needs permission from Chevrolet before changing the dealership location, but said he expects approval  in 60 to 90 days.

It will be about a year before the new dealership location will be open, Byford said.

He bought the dealership after a dispute among investors in the Mike Terry Auto Group ended up in court.

Terry was ousted from the auto dealership and  District Judge Joe Enos, who placed the company in receivership, ruled the company could be sold.

In his remarks to the Rotary Club,  Byford said he plans to remain accessible to customers.

He’ll keep his home phone number listed publicly if anyone wants to call him, he said.

“I may be the only dumb car dealer to do that,” he said.

“I wasn’t looking to come to Duncan,” Byford said. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity. The reception has been extremely over the top. I may not always know what to do, but I do know what not to do.”

Byford owns the  Buick GMC dealership in Chickasha. He broke into the car business in 1983   with the Bob Moore auto dealership in Oklahoma City.

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