TRENTON — The Stanley auto dealership brand is growing with owner Mark Politte’s purchase of Dutch Chevrolet Buick in Belfast.
Greg Dutch, former owner of the Belfast dealership, will continue there in the role of comptroller overseeing financial operations.
“I insisted Greg remain in a leadership role to help guide the transition and protect that environment,” Politte said. “His leadership and 41 years of experience will be a complement to the new Stanley Chevrolet Buick.”
Stanley Subaru opened at 22 Bar Harbor Road in 1999. Politte and wife Samantha purchased the business in 2005 from her parents, Dick and Karen Stanley. The dealership on the Ellsworth/Trenton line has been growing ever since, expanding across Route 3 and wrapping up the most recent major remodel in 2017.
Dutch reached out to Politte about the possibility of acquiring the Belfast dealership in 2019. Dutch Chevrolet Buick is located at 6 Belmont Ave. in Belfast and has served the area since 1926. Dutch was looking for someone to carry on the Dutch family’s 94-year legacy of quality vehicles and service.
Under Politte’s leadership, Stanley Subaru has annually received national awards for the business’s commitment to guests and the community. Dutch was a mentor for Politte.
“When I was building a young business in Stanley Subaru, I frequently reached out to Greg to learn how he successfully created and nurtured an environment so supportive of his community, customers and employees,” Politte said. “I was honored and excited when Greg chose us to shepherd the business into the future. It is the commonalities in our beliefs, our focus, and our approach that will make it successful for the next 94 years.”
The Belfast dealership will expand service availability and provide a wider vehicle selection for Stanley customers. But you won’t hear the word “customers” at a Stanley dealership, where they are always called guests. Politte says that’s part of his philosophy on developing lasting relationships.
As far as staffing at both locations, “We’re looking to grow staff at both dealerships,” said Spencer Patterson King, communications coordinator for Stanley Subaru. “A big part of the reason this sale happened is the mutual respect for the people who work there.”
Dutch is excited about the transition and his continued role at the dealership.
“Thank you to our employees, customers and our community for your support,” he said. “I look forward to seeing you in the dealership soon!”
The deal was finalized Tuesday.