Thanks. I went by Essence the other day. I walked in at lunch time. All the doors were unlocked. No one was to be found. I walked around the sales floor in front, over to the service area, and back through the backside of the sales floor. As I passed a fellow on his way back from heating up lunch in the microwave I asked if anyone was working there. He looked surprised and said he did. Another fellow poked his head around the corner. The lunch bound employee said he was the service manager. They plan to repair all cars, old and new. Based on research I had already done I knew who filed with the state as the business owner. They confirmed this and added that Ewing had some role in backing the new owner. They plan to stay where they are for a couple of years, then move to the Grapevine area. They will not sell Fiats, just Maserati and Alfa Romeo. They have a lot of stock on hand. The service bay was full. Clearly they are not ready to sell anything. If I was so inclined I could have walked out with a lot of stuff. They need to hire some staff or lock the doors.Using "Ewing" Alfa, haven't heard what the new name will be. It's the old Holt, on the westside. The Holt on the eastside is now Essence Fiat/Alfa/Maserati, no experience with them.
"Ewing" was bought around July 1, so they are struggling to get things going right. The old managers were morons, and it's taking quite a bit of work to get things straightened out, but the new owners seem like straight shooters...they are there all the time, trying to get things going smoothly. The old accounting department was retained till Aug 1, but after that it should be all new.