Marysville Ford and Auto Center sold to Kendall Auto Group

One family-owned company has been acquired by another.

MARYSVILLE — Kendall Automotive Group, which operates dealerships in Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, has bought Marysville Ford and Marysville Auto Center.

Both dealerships are on the west side of Smokey Point Boulevard.

Victor Fernandez opened Marysville Ford in 2004 as a co-founder.

In 2015, the dealership moved to its current location, a 50,000-square-foot facility at 15900 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville.

“Victor came to this country with $300 to his name, got into the car business in 1994 and co-owned his own dealership 10 years later,” said Dave Blewett, CEO of Kendall Auto. “If that is not an American success story, I don’t know what is.”

“We are honored to know Victor, let alone have the opportunity to bring these amazing businesses he built into our Kendall family,” Blewett said.

“These dealerships have been the life, livelihood and love of my family for almost 16 years,” Fernandez said. “It makes me happy to be able to turn them over to a family-run company which shares my values and can take my vision to new levels.”

Kendall now represents more than 40 franchises. It is one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the Pacific Northwest.

The company employs over 2000 people.

Janice Podsada; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

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