The History of Lester Glenn

 




    How it all started

In March of 1956, more than sixty years ago, Lester Glenn opened the doors to our very first dealership
What would become known as Lester Glenn Buick found its first home on Flint Road in South Toms River, New Jersey. With very limited space and quite a small sales team, our first showroom only had room for one car. Equally as tiny, the accompanying service department only had room for three!

Within the confines of these small walls is where the Lester Glenn philosophy not only was founded, but wildly flourished.

After seven months of developing a solid foundation, Lester Glenn Buick was poised to move on to bigger and better things. We moved our dealership to a new, and much larger, location on Route 37 in Toms River where it remained until 1978. Those twenty years brought us nothing but success and our new car sales climbed from a mere 50 per year to an unprecedented 1,000 per year.

Route 37 was clearly where the magic happened.

Growth and Prosperity
After experiencing much success from our move to Route 37, our one-showroom dealership grew to an auto group. We acquired Isuzu in 1986 and rapidly expanded as time went on.
 
Our Past, Present...


1992

The year of Subaru. Our third-acquired brand helped us to Share the Love in the Toms River community and would become an essential part of our growth for many years to come. With a vehicle focused on quality and safety and a brand message similar to ours, Subaru was the right fit for our auto group.
1997

Hyundai joins the family. What would become the number one Hyundai store in New Jersey (and the entire eastern region!) made its Lester Glenn debut in 1997. We built our first store on Route 37 and its growth was astounding. Hyundai provided us with a huge opportunity for growth and we swiftly took it.
1998

Pontiac was added on to our Buick store in 1998 and it contributed to our goal of providing our customers with a wider variety of brands and vehicles.
1999

GMC joined the Buick/Pontiac family just a year later in 1999 and offered a bigger selection of larger SUVs and trucks to fit the continuously evolving needs of our customers.
2007

Our state of the art, insurance approved and manufacturer certified facility, the Lester Glenn Collision Center, opened its doors in Toms River. The Collision Center was an important step in our story because it allowed us to further assist our customers in new and exciting ways. 
2010

An exciting year for our auto group, we acquired Mazda, our seventh brand in our lineup. Later that year, we added Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. To make more room for all of our dealerships, we moved our Hyundai location further down on Route 37 and opened Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM where Hyundai used to be. Lots of big and exciting changes defined 2010 for Lester Glenn!
2011

After 2010, we saw nothing but consistent growth. In 2011, Chevrolet was added to our auto group with a brand new, state of the art showroom and service center. The addition of the Heartbeat of America proved to be a smart move for our auto group.
2012

To better fit the needs and lifestyles of our customers, we knew it would be smart to have a large fleet of loaner vehicles available. We launched our Rental Hub in 2012 so customers would never be without a car if theirs was being repaired. Convenience and accessibility were the goal and we achieved it!
2013

In 2013, we officially expanded into Monmouth County with the grand opening of our Ford dealership. After nearly 60 years of being primarily in Ocean County, we knew it was time to take the next step. Ford was the perfect domestic brand to help us do this and we're still going very strong! 
2016

In order to celebrate our 60th anniversary the right way, we added FIAT brand to our selection. With FIAT, we added extra flair to our Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM store. 
2017 and Beyond

We've increased our presence in Monmouth County with the acquisition of a new Chevrolet store in Freehold, NJ. Additionally, we'll be expanding our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT store to a beautiful new location on Route 37 West in Toms River. Both projects were started in 2017 and are expected to be completed later this year.

From our inception in 1956 all the way through our most recent projects and developments, our mission has always been the same:
complete customer satisfaction and dedication to the community.

With the help of all of our amazing sales teams and the loyalty of all of our customers, we have been able to establish a
truly wonderful relationship with the residents of Ocean County and beyond.
Over the years, we've had great opportunities to contribute to organizations - both small and large - and help
to make a difference in the community that helped build us.

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With a sincere dedication to social responsibility and unparalleled customer service,
Lester Glenn Auto Group is just getting started! 

  Meet our Owner and President
Adam Kraushaar
 
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