So, here's the latest chapter in the "GM wants to consolidate all its brands and build multi-branded mega-stores– oh wait, no we don't" saga. GM CEO Rick Wagoner signaled his faith in the company's tri-branded (down from octo-branded) consolidation effort by blessing the opening of a new Henry Brown Buick-Pontiac-GMC store in Gilbert, Arizona with his presence. According to The Arizona Republic newspaper, Wagoner made no bones about the reason for his visit. "The three brands at Brown's dealership have been 'channeled' together in about 40 dealerships nationwide, Wagoner said, with about 100 more to come. The Gilbert dealership is one of the first to show the new look of the stores." Wagoner didn't do a Mulally– sell a carefully prepared customer a car– but he did praise Brown as "one of the best in the business." "One of the best." Nice.
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