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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Fletcher and Halls Motor Company says good-bye and Thanks.

The staff and management of Fletcher and Halls Motor Company gathered last Friday for a picnic honoring Melvin Fletcher (front row center). The dealership officially closed on June 14. It re-opened the next day under the ownership of The Walter’s Group. (click for larger version)
Fletcher and Halls Motor Company in Pikeville has sold their General Motors franchise to The Walters Group and officially closed out ownership on July 14. The Chevrolet, Buick & Oldsmobile dealership was begun in October, 1991 with the purchase of Johnson Motor Company and has provided an average of 55 jobs for the area during this span. General Motors dropped Oldsmobile, its oldest brand, this year.

The dealership opened with five owners, Melvin Fletcher and brothers Gene, Collie, Virgil and Victor Hall. Fletcher sold his shares to the Hall brothers after a couple of years but remained as Dealer Principal. Under his leadership, the dealership grew to be the sales volume leader for GM’s Tri-Cities Market which includes parts of West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Two of the owners have passed away in recent years (Victor in October 1999 and Collie in March 2000).

Speaking for himself and the Halls, Fletcher said, “We owe a debt of gratitude to our loyal customers over the years. They were the best. We also could not have succeeded without the quality personnel we have had — the managers as well as all the everyday, hardworking, honest and caring people who made their living here. We have always felt like family. It seems like everyone enjoyed coming to work. The keys to our success were good customers and good personnel. For these we are very thankful.”

The dealership has earned numerous awards through the years for sales, service and the parts department. Profits were continuously pumped back into the dealership, updating the facilities and grounds. A new larger showroom, a service write-up and customer lounge along with a revamped look in the parts department all began in 1999 and were continuing as the dealership sold.

Besides the money pumped into the local economy, Fletcher and Halls, working with General Motors, donated vehicles to area vocational schools for training purposes and has furnished local high schools with driver education vehicles. They will be missed.

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