Low turnover, opportunity and teamwork have created a high level of camaraderie at Family Buick GMC, where coworkers become like family, explains General Manager Anita Hetler.
A Luther store since 2003, Buick GMC has many employees who have been in the business for decades and have worked together much of that time, she explained. “We have witnessed marriages, births, deaths, graduations, illnesses, good and bad times for so many. Lots of the employees have ‘grown up’ together and evolved over the years, working in many different areas of the dealership.”
Internet Sales Manager James Jones met his wife at the store, where he started working in high school. “I helped train her in a little bit,” he said. The two are expecting a baby on July 4.
Jones works with several who have four decades or more in the business, including Floyd Weist, who works part-time running errands for the store.
“I can’t go home and sit. I’ve got to do something. And, I like it here,” he said. In between car stories that include a time selling Studebakers, he’ll gladly talk about his adult children who have finished up their careers. “I’ve got three of them who are retired and I’m still working.”
The medium-sized Fargo community has maintained a sort of small town feel. Weist said people would be surprised by how many people come in the store who he has sold cars to.