The McHugh Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Dealership is celebrating 50 years in Zanesville.
The family-owned and operated business was built from the ground up by Jim McHugh in 1963. McHugh originally opened up as a Volkswagen dealership in downtown Zanesville, but made the switch to selling American cars in the 1980’s, and moved across town to Maple Avenue. After a half-century in business, McHugh says he’s proud to still be a family-run company.
"I think we’re proud of the fact that number one, we’re still here because there’s been some ups and downs in the car business but I’m glad to see my family continuing it on with our tradition and I hope it’s here another 50 years," said McHugh.
After working his way up at the dealership, Tim McHugh took over the business with his brother about 15 years ago. As a way to celebrate 50 years in the community, McHugh is inviting everyone to see their newly remodeled showroom.
"It’s kind of almost like a grand re-opening. But Monday actually completes our 50th year in business since my dad opened up the dealership," McHugh explained. "It was December 16th, 1963 so December 16th, 2013 marks 50 years, so we’re pretty proud about that."
The new showroom features a TV, comfortable chairs and plenty of room to view new inventory. The open house will be on Monday evening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. McHugh says past, present and future customers are all welcome to take a tour and see what they have to offer. The dealership is located at 3420 Maple Ave.