Local auto dealership Patriot Buick GMC is preparing to shutter after 45 years serving local car buyers and owners.
In a photo posted to its Facebook page last week, the dealership announced it would close June 28. In a phone interview Monday, Patriot Buick GMC President David Hines confirmed that the dealership would close, but said he worked with General Motors to push the final day back to July 15 to facilitate the wind-down process.
Although they’ll stop servicing cars June 28, Hines said a reduced number of employees will continue to operate the dealership until July 15 to handle emergency situations along with any final car sales. The reduced staffing should not affect the dealership’s regular operating hours, Hines said.
“Essentially, what we’ve done is try to slow down our process in the service department and making the 28th basically the last service day for our customers,” Hines said. “We will be here through the wind-down procedure, but we will not be up and operational, only in an emergency-type basis through the 15th. Essentially, the 28th will be our last day, but we will have a couple of people on hand to take care of an emergency if need be.”
Hines declined to offer a reason for the decision to close the dealership.
“I would prefer not to right now,” he said. “It’s extenuating circumstances, and it’s just not a good time to give a statement as to why.”
Hines said the dealership was first opened by his father, Garland Hines, in 1974 and has remained in the family for the last four decades.
For more information, visit patriotautos.com or call 757-941-4112.
Stephanie Wisneski, who previously served as director of compliance for Colonial Downs Group, has been named the general manager at Rosie's Gaming Emporium in New Kent.
She joins Rosie’s Gaming Emporium with more than a dozen years of gaming management experience, according to a company news release, and she had been in her previous role at Colonial Downs Group since last October. Before joining the company, she served as compliance manager for Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Lebanon, Ohio.
“Stephanie has shown great leadership and industry knowledge since joining our group last year. We are extremely pleased to elevate her responsibilities to manage all of our New Kent Rosie’s operations,” Colonial Downs Group Executive Vice President John Marshall said in the release.
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in New Kent opened in April and features bars, a restaurant and 600 historical horse racing machines spread across two floors, with machines on the third floor focusing on high-limit gaming. Live thoroughbred horse racing will return to Colonial Downs for 15 days from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7.
“I am extremely pleased to have this opportunity and look forward to having daily interactions with our terrific customers in New Kent,” Wisneski said in the release. “We already have a great team in place and are attracting large crowds at Rosie’s, especially on weekends.”
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in New Kent County is open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit rosiesgaming.com/new-kent/ or call 804-966-7223.
Williamsburg Estate Services has opened a new warehouse at 1820 Jamestown Road, where the company plans to hold monthly estate sales, according to a James City County news release.
Williamsburg Estate Services was established in 2010 and aims to facilitate home moves, clean-outs, estate sales and senior downsizing. The company’s inventory includes furniture, collectibles, electronics, kitchenware and more, the release states.
“We are thrilled to expand into a larger warehouse space that can accommodate our always changing inventory,” company owner Laura Kinsman said in the release. “We are pleased to locate to an existing warehouse and bring new energy to Jamestown Road.”
Williamsburg Estate Services’ next sale is scheduled for June 27-29. WES does not maintain regular warehouse hours, the release states.
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