Brandl Motors buys dealership in Aitkin
MacDonald-Wold Inc. will be known as Brandl Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
On Oct. 15, the deal was finalized. Brandl Motors in Little Falls purchased the MacDonald-Wold Inc. dealership in Aitkin. Owners Gary Posch, Joe Sexton and new managing partner Troy Atwater are excited about the expansion.
“We acquired the business from the Wold family, three brothers who had run the business for a long time,” said Posch. “One of the brothers will be retiring, one will stay on and the third is undecided.”
The Brandl Motors building in Little Falls covers approximately 36,000 square feet. The new dealership, now known as Brandl Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, has 22,000 square feet.
“General Motors (GM) wanted upgrades to the Aitkin property and we are willing to take that on,” said Posch. “The upgrades include renovations to the building or possibly constructing new.”
While Posch, Sexton and Atwater have no plans to increase the size of the Aitkin property, they are keeping their options open for expansion.
The plan is to retain most of the employees currently working in Aitkin and they have no thoughts about moving the company out of the city.
“What we do plan is to carry more inventory, utilize the Internet more and increase on-site financing options for our customers,” Posch said. “We will also enhance the service department.”
Posch said the company’s plan is to build on the foundation the Wold family laid out.
“We expect good things to happen,” he said.
This business move, while a distance from Little Falls, will benefit Brandl Motors’ customers. The purchase adds GM lines to Brandl and the company will be able to offer more options.
“We will be able to service and sell GM products,” said Posch. “If someone is interested in a GM product, we will be able to bring a car to their front door for a test drive. We offer front-door service.”
Posch worked at Falls GM for eight years. In 1999, he and Sexton purchased Pierz Brandl Motors and in 2004, they opened Brandl Auto Connection in St. Cloud.
In 2006, the two purchased Little Falls Dodge and in 2008, Posch and Sexton combined the two dealerships and moved both to the current location on South Highway 10.
Posch said the company has grown in baby steps and they, as owners, have not forgotten their roots.
“We care about our customers and our community. That’s a big reason we have been able to weather the storm,” he said. “Our employees work as a team. While many people now search the Internet for cars, the Internet cannot give the service we give. We have relationships with our customers. We do business, in many cases, with three generations in a family.”
Posch said the employees at Brandl make the business go, doing a phenomenal job.
“They care and that comes across to our customers,” he said.