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The Don Joseph Toyota Story:
The dealership opened in February 1964 as Don Joseph Chrysler Plymouth.
President: Don Joseph
Address: 121 West College Street, Kent, Ohio
Showroom: Two cars
Service Bays: Six bays
Average new car sales: 25-30 per month
Average used car sales: 40 per month
Through the Years
February 1964: When Don Joseph opened the doors of Don Joseph, Inc. in 1964, he did so with the help of eight employees, within five months the number of employees doubled. The space was small, but the rent was high. For $550.00 per month the lot was only big enough to park the employee’s cars and the used cars. New cars were kept in a lot down the street at Parson’s Lumber. Customer’s cars were parked along the streets at parking meters.
D.J. chuckled when he recalled those days forty eight years ago. “Everyone carried nickels in their pockets”, he explained, “we just kept checking the meters and feeding them nickels”. After eighteen months of feeding meters and hundreds of dollars’ worth of parking tickets, it was time to admit success and move on. This is when the property at 1127 West Main Street was purchased.
1966: The new and improved Don Joseph Chrysler Plymouth was opened.
1969: Don Joseph signed the contract with his new added franchise, “Toyota”.
1974: The building, busting at the seams with a need for growth, brought the addition to the building.
1982: Don Joseph Chrysler Plymouth was no longer. This franchise changed to Don Joseph Chevrolet. A new growth spurt began. With the addition of Chevrolet a separate building is erected to house the Toyota Showroom, Don Joseph’s office and three wash bays. The lot was extended back to the current wall.
1987: Don Joseph steps down as president and begins retirement. A new president was put into place, his son, Jeff Joseph.
1989: In conjunction with Don Joseph Inc.’s Silver anniversary the new Toyota facility opens and Chevrolet trucks sales move into the old Toyota building. The lot size nearly doubled in space.
1994: Don Joseph Inc.’s 30th anniversary brings a newly remodeled showroom and a new customer lounge.
Don Joseph Chevrolet-Geo-Toyota
President: Jeff Joseph
Address: 1111-1127 West Main Street, Kent, Ohio
Employees: Seventy five
Showrooms: Seven Toyotas, Three Chevrolets, Five Trucks
Service: Twelve Toyota bays, Seventeen Chevrolet bays
Average new car sales: 108 per month
Average used car sales: 81 per month
1997: Expansion of Toyota building, four service bays two clean up bays and an automatic car wash.
1999: Chevrolet franchise was sold to Montrose Auto Group. Jeff Joseph made the decision to become a standalone Toyota Dealer.
2003: Scion, meaning “descendant of” is added to Don Joseph, Inc. and a new employee is added?.Jessica Joseph, third generation of the Joseph family, Jeff’s daughter.
2008: Property is purchased on Stonewater Drive for more parking of new vehicles.
2009: The expansion of the current building is finished.
Currently: Don Joseph Toyota
President: Jeff Joseph
Address: 1111 West Main St., Kent, OH
Employees: 62 full-time employees and 20 part-time
Showroom: Six Vehicles
Service: Twenty nine bays
New vehicle inventory: 200 Units
Land: Twelve acres
Employee Retention: 23% over twenty years, 43% over ten years