Coury automobile dynasty continues
PRESCOTT - In 1983, Tim Coury was the youngest person to start a Toyota franchise in the nation with eight employees.
Coury's dealership continues to fire on all cylinders 25 years later in north Prescott, where he now employs about 230 people and sells Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Hyundai, Isuzu and Subaru cars on 31 acres.
On Thursday night, Coury, owner/president of Tim's Toyota, celebrated the opening of his new 41,000-square-foot Toyota-Scion showroom and service center.
And he is looking forward eventually to handing the keys of his car dealership to his daughters, who stood by his side.
About 160 people came together with the Coury family at about 5 p.m. to celebrate the building at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"I'm a self-starter in the business, but I will be putting my kids into it," he said. "I'm very proud to have five daughters and I think they are going to do very well in the auto industry."
And his daughters say they are eager to take the wheel of the dealership Tiphani, 20, and Sheila, 19, are working at and learning about the dealership their father began in Prescott nearly 25 years ago.
"It's like a Phoenix dealership in Prescott, size-wise, but it's more of a family, hometown feel," Tiphani said.
Haley Construction Company in Prescott was the general contractor for the showroom and service center at 1006 Commerce Drive.
Construction began about nine months ago and the building opened to the public this week.
The building includes sales and showroom space for Toyota vehicles and 26 service bays.
Despite the soft economy, Coury said the decision to build the showroom was important to keep pace with the city's growth.
Coury's dealership is one of the city's top 10 sales tax revenue generators, said Prescott Finance Director Mark Woodfill.
That list includes Costco, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart.
General Manager Mike Dennis said this is the first new building for Tim's in 20 years and it moves the dealership into the 21st century.
The growth continues at the dealership. Dennis said future plans include giving the General Motors showroom a facelift next spring and eventually building a Subaru showroom.
"It definitely makes us car row," he said."
Prescott Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer David Maurer said Tim's is an important piece of the city's economy.
"Car dealerships are a key part of the retail sales sector of our community and an expansion like this is always significant," he said.
Coury's daughters shared their feelings for their dad and his hard work.
"We're just very proud of him." Melise said.
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