History of Sanderson Ford Lincoln
Don Sanderson (01/6/1913 to 12/14/1985) was born in Mesa, Arizona and moved to the Glendale area when he was six. He attended Glendale and Peoria schools. After serving his country in World War II in the South Pacific, he returned to his own service station and used car lot at Central and Camelback in Phoenix. In 1950, Mr. Sanderson sold his business and began a career as a new car and truck salesman for Madison Motors, a downtown Phoenix Ford dealership. In the following 5 years Mr. Sanderson earned every sales achievement award Ford Motor Company offered. His successful sales career with Ford led him to purchase Glendale Motors on May 1, 1955.
Don Sanderson Ford began operations on May 1, 1955. Our original dealership was located at 5630 NW Grand Avenue in Glendale. Since then the dealership has enjoyed continued growth and massive expansion. In 1964, the dealership moved from its original location on Grand Avenue to a new location several blocks away, 5300 NW Grand Avenue where it operated until 1992.
After Don Sanderson’s death in 1985, the “Don” was dropped from the name and we became known as Sanderson Ford Lincoln, Inc. David Kimmerle, Don’s son in law, took over as CEO at this time and the 35 year philosophy of “The Dealership That Service Built” continued without missing a beat including the motto “Never on Sunday”. In October 1990, we opened a state of the art service center on Maryland Avenue. It has 80 bays, 65,000 sq. ft. of space and is air conditioned (our technicians love it). The next two years brought the current showroom and general office facility on 51st Avenue. In March of 1995, we added the new Lincoln franchise on Bell Road with similar features and service facilities.
Our continued success is a reflection of the loyalty of our customers and employees and our employees’ ability and dedication shown over the years we have been in business. Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road will continue to accept its civic responsibilities and will always strive to assume its full share in promoting the welfare and progress of the community and its employees.
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