Charleston Mitsubishi General Sales Manager Steve Huffman said car dealer Lester Raines saved the business by selling his Mitsubishi line to the former Charleston Suzuki in St. Albans. The dealership nearly closed when American Suzuki Motor Corp. announced last November it would stop selling cars in the U.S.
Lester Raines gave Charleston Mitsubishi his old signs, but the Japanese car company told the St. Albans dealership to use newly designed signs, which it doesn't have yet.
The former Charleston Suzuki lost about 85 percent of its employees and 70 percent in sales when American Suzuki Motor Corp. filed bankruptcy. Today, as Charleston Mitsubishi, the dealership is hiring again and sales are picking up.
Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'MITSUBISHI1'.......8x5.43.......New Charleston Mitsubishi dealership.......Steve Huffman, General Sales Manager.......3/28/13.......