McKamey marks 50 years with Toyota
Ed Emerson, Capital Toyota’s sales manager, said a $3.9 million renovation of the longtime Lee Highway dealership changed its entire floor plan to make it more “customer friendly.” As well as updating the showroom, it created in-door drive though bays to help keep customers out of the weather. The refurbishing also enlarged the dealership’s footprint, he said.
Fifty years ago, then-Chattanooga used car dealer Bob McKamey was approached by a salesman for a little known Japanese company who wanted him to sell some vehicles.
A car produced by the automaker, Toyota, was parked nearby and McKamey was asked to take a look. He checked it out, closed the car door and was impressed by what he termed "a click" that to him indicated quality.