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AutoNation USA Opens 2nd Phoenix Area Megastore

Sep. 17, 1998

PHOENIX, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation USA will open its second megastore in the Phoenix area on Monday, September 21 in Phoenix. The new AutoNation USA, located at 16506 N. 26th Ave. (I-17 and Bell Road) is the 38th megastore to open nationally. AutoNation USA is also located in Chandler, near the Ray Road exit of I-10.

Customers on the west side of the Valley will now have access to the high- quality features and services that make shopping at AutoNation USA an easier way to buy a preowned vehicle.

The Phoenix megastore provides features customers have come to know across the country -- a fully equipped and supervised ChildPlay Center, an AutoGear USA accessory store and a 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Automotive Service Center.

AutoNation USA has become the leader in automotive retailing. Based upon the input of thousands of people who participate in focus groups, the examination of customer shopping patterns and behaviors and the survey results of current and future customers, AutoNation USA implements sales and service initiatives to give customers what they want.

"We asked questions to find out what customers like and what they don't like," said Robert Carmendy, general manager of AutoNation USA in East Phoenix. "We kept hearing '...make it easy,' and that's what we do. At AutoNation USA, 'we make it easy' for customers to buy and own the vehicle they want."

Mike Maroone, president of AutoNation USA's Automotive Retail Group, added, "AutoNation USA is dedicated to providing local car buyers with a hassle-free, pleasant shopping experience. The AutoNation USA brand is based on two very important philosophies: we respect our customers -- we respect their time, intelligence and pocketbooks -- and we give our customers confidence through the entire car-buying and owning process."

AutoNation USA's new vehicle partners in the Phoenix area include Grubb Automotive, Brown & Brown Auto Group, Tempe Toyota, and Pitre Automotive Group.

AutoNation USA is an operating unit of Republic Industries, Inc. (NYSE: RII), a publicly traded company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Republic Industries operates subsidiaries in the automotive retailing, automotive rental, automotive financial services, and solid waste industries. The Company owns the nation's largest group of franchised automotive dealerships. Republic also owns the National, Alamo and CarTemps USA car rental companies.

SOURCE Republic Industries, Inc.
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