For auto dealers near New York City, space is often limited and expensive.
So when Oliver Brodlieb — a fourth-generation dealer on Long Island — came across a 5-acre site in Oyster Bay, N.Y., that could provide his growing dealership with some much-needed "breathing room," he seized the opportunity.
"The amount of sales that we were growing — double-digit year-over-year growth — and all of the service business that that generates, it was like fitting 10 pounds in a five-pound bag," said Brodlieb, president of East Hills Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Greenvale, N.Y. "We couldn't continue to grow without expanding our footprint."
He bought the site in 2015 for $5.3 million along with business partners Ken and Tim Brodlieb — his uncle and cousin. Ken owns East Hills Auto Group, which consists of Brodlieb's dealership as well as three Chevrolet stores and a Subaru store.