Egg Harbor Township, NJ Auto Dealership Will Close After 25 Years

Charles Cain said on air this morning, Monday September 12, 2022, that “The pandemic is calling for another”.

This is a direct reference to the challenges posed by a more than two-year-old COVID-19 pandemic.

With that, Cain confirmed that The Auto Plaza at English Creek will be closing this week, most likely at the end of operations this Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

For the past 25 years, Charles and Ann Marie Cain have owned and operated their independent full-service automotive sales, service and parts dealership on the Blackhorse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Auto Plaza opened in February 1997. Cain had 12 years experience in the automotive sales, service and parts industry before opening his own independent dealership.

Cain is also the Mayor of Hamilton Township (Atlantic County, New Jersey). Cain has confirmed to us exclusively that a non-automotive industry is buying his property.

Cain also announced that he will continue his long-running (two decades) weekly schedule on the “Hurley in the Morning” program on WPG Talk Radio 95.5.

“It’s with extremely mixed feelings in my heart…but I know this is the right thing for me and my family right now,” Cain said.

“Our philosophy has been to create customers for life. But, we really didn’t really have customers, we built friendships,” Cain said.

The Auto Plaza at English Creek has served 3 generations of family members over the past two and a half decades.

Cain acknowledged that now is also good because the industry is changing for dealerships of his size. “We had a wonderful race. It’s with a very heavy heart…but, now is the time,” Cain said.

Cain also revealed on air that the recent death of his beloved mother also weighed heavily in his decision to close the dealership. “My mom was here with me every day. She was my rock by my side,” Cain said.

Cain was very honest that he would when the time was right, “when I don’t wake up everyday ready to get up and fight, doing what I’ve loved to do for over 35 years. … I’ll know when the time is right,” Cain said.

Cain recognized that the time has come.

Holly Moore, service manager, said on air that “I worked for Charles and Ann Marie (Cain) for 35 years. My children were 4 and 8. They are now 38 and 43. I have changed their children’s family diapers here at The Auto Plaza,” Moore said.

“It’s so much more than an employee/employer relationship…we’re family,” Cain said.

Many more jokes were shared during our 35-minute on-air interview on this topic.

Cain ended by saying that “for the next two days we’re selling cars and parts.”

Cain confirmed that he would sell at “auction prices. I would rather offer these discounted prices directly to our customers than resell inventory,” Cain said.

Cain will be reaching out to customers personally and on-air to let them know that he will be recommending replacement auto service, parts and a sales alternative as he wants his valued, long-time customers to have a soft landing regarding the inevitable change. of dealers.

Cain ended the interview by saying, “Watch out Hamilton Township, I’m all yours”, a direct reference to the upcoming general election on November 8, 2022, in which Cain is running for re-election for his seat on the Township Committee. Hamilton Township.

THE SOURCE: Mayor Charles Cain.

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