Cochran buys Thomas Team Honda in Johnstown

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – #1 Cochran, the largest auto retailer in Western Pennsylvania, has announced that it has acquired Thomas Team Honda in Johnstown.

The acquisition expands the dealer group’s geographic footprint to Cambria County and adds a new brand to its expanded portfolio. The announcement came on Monday, October 24.

“We are excited to expand our presence into the Johnstown market and add this all-important franchise to our new vehicle lineup,” said Rob Cochran, Cochran president and CEO. “With the addition of Honda, we now offer every major mainstream brand on the market, all available for purchase in our stores or 100 percent online.”

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The newly acquired dealer, located at 1920 Bedford Street in Johnstown, has been renamed #1 Cochran Honda.

Nearly all Thomas Team Honda sales and service professionals join #1 Cochran, increasing the company’s total team members to nearly 1,300.

Stressing the importance of continuing the store’s family tradition, Mr Cochran said: “Like Thomas Team Honda, we are a homegrown family business with deep ties to our customers and communities. At a time when many dealers are selling to private equity firms and national chains, we are proud that Honda remains family-owned and are eager to get to know the Johnstown community.”

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The Honda acquisition marks Cochran’s second purchase/sale this year. In a similar transaction in March, the dealer group purchased the 100-year-old Butler County Ford, continuing that store’s family business and giving the company its second Ford franchise.

With the addition of Honda, #1 Cochran now has 30 franchises, representing 19 different brands.

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