Murphy Chevrolet

Murphy Chevrolet

Car dealership.

25 employees; founded in 1930 by Daniel Murphy

Chad Murphy, general manager:

How’s Business? Sales rose 18 percent between 2010 and 2011.

Biggest Challenge: Economic uncertainty with consumers, both business and individuals. The price of fuel and the possibility of it rising higher is another challenge that we face when determining what inventory to order. Obviously, if the price of gas rises, the demand for vehicles that get better fuel economy goes up.

A Recent Win: The economic conditions we went through over the last four years have forced us to make a lot of changes. We had to cut and watch expenses very closely. 

What’s Coming Up? We are going to be starting a remodel project this summer. We will be adding an enclosed service drive, relocating our service write-up, and parts counters, expanding our customer lounge, remodeling all of our sales offices and showroom, and also remodeling the exterior of the showroom.

Proudest Moment: In 2011, we won the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year award. It was awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. We were the state and regional winner for 2011.