Car lot changing hands

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2000

Cal Worthington is moving out, and Seekins Ford is moving in.

A used car lot on the Kenai Spur Highway just outside of Soldotna will have new tenants on Sept. 1. In a deal that was finalized Thursday morning, Seekins Ford will take over the lot now occupied by a Cal Worthington dealership, expanding from its present business in Soldotna.

"We're real excited to be taking over there," said John Lohrke, general manager of Seekins. "It's a great location. The lighting is good, and it has good visibility on the highway. Everyone drives by there everyday."

Seekins will be selling both new and used cars on the lot, which holds 75 vehicles. Cal Worthington has been leasing the lot from Ed Krohn, owner of Kenai Auto. The Anchorage-based dealership is leaving the area in order to better focus on business in Anchorage, according to general manager Paul Walker.

"We'll miss the area. We sold a lot of cars there," said Walker. "But it's a far piece to give it the attention it deserves. It's hard to get vehicles down there, with all the road construction going on."

Cal Worthington is already moving stock off the lot. Walker calls the transfer a win-win situation, and said it will be better for the community.

Lohrke agreed.

"Our present lot is pretty well maxed out," he said. "Having a second lot will help, not having to deal with the space restrictions we have now."

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