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In the 1970’s the Coon Rapids Chrysler-Plymouth dealership was experiencing a considerable amount of success. Grant McKay purchased Coon Rapids Chrysler Plymouth in 1978. As this growing popularity continued into the 1980’s Grant came to the decision that it was time to expand his dealership. In those days, Chrysler frowned on one owner having a Chrysler Plymouth dealership too close to a Dodge Dealership. He began looking around and discovered that St. Cloud didn’t have a Dodge dealership. During this time the St. Cloud area was rapidly developing and seemed to be the most promising place in which to build.
During this time the St. Cloud area was rapidly developing and seemed to be the most promising place in which to build. On January 16, 1984, McKay's Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT dealership opened its doors for business in St. Cloud under Grant’s daughter, Patty Yarbrough as dealer principal and about a dozen employees in a building they shared with Traut Wells, just south of Mills Fleet Farm in Waite Park.
As the years progressed, Yarbrough continued to raise her family and run her St. Cloud dealership and her dad continued working at the dealerships in the cities. In 1992, at the age of 67, Grant McKay died.
Following the death of her father, Yarbrough bought out her other family members to become the sole owner of the St. Cloud dealership. In June of 1996, Patty moved the dealership to its current location, making more room for the growing success. Over the years, Chrysler softened its stance on dealers keeping franchises separate. In 2003, McKay’s became the “alpha” or first project in Minnesota to combine franchises when they purchased Unger Motors in St. Cloud. This moved Mitsubishi, originally located with the Dodge franchise in Waite Park, to its own location in St. Cloud on Division Street, and brought Chrysler Jeep and Dodge together under one roof in Waite Park.
In August of 2010 Travis Benoit purchased the dealership from Patty. Travis has been active in the automotive industry for the majority of his life. He was born and raised in Sauk Rapids and currently resides in the area with his wife Pam and two daughters.
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More About McKay's Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT – New and Used Car Dealer in Waite Park
McKay's Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT thrives on helping people like you find their next new Cherokee, 1500, Grand Cherokee, FIAT 500 or Pacifica. Of course, we don’t stop at simply helping you decide which model you’d like. We also have dedicated auto financing experts on site to help you make your dream car part of your everyday routine.
Looking for a used car in Waite Park instead? We carry a wide range of well-maintained used Dodge, RAM, Jeep and Chrysler models, as well as top picks from other automakers.
What’s more, our top-notch customer service doesn’t end at the sale. The McKay's Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT car service department can help keep your car running like new for years to come. The secret? Only the truly committed Dodge, RAM, Jeep, FIAT and Chrysler experts and the finest parts make it into our shop.
If you happen to be in the market for a new or used car, then feel free to pay us a visit the next time you’re in the greater Coon Rapids, Saint Cloud, Minneapolis or Roseville, MN areas. Located at 2020 Frontage Rd S, Waite Park, Minnesota, we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have and set up a test drive.