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Old 08-28-2015, 01:49 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars Specialty Subaru's new name is.......

Jim Pattison Subaru Northshore.

The store will officially change ownership on September 1st. 2015.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:01 PM   #2
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Oh snap.

Do you still <3 your Subaru? :P
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:42 PM   #3
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Will you guys be moving into a new building? something with some more space, and a bigger show room?
I know how Jim Pattison likes to show case his dealerships, now he has an awesome brand to push
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:11 PM   #4
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Old 08-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #5
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Oh snap.

Do you still <3 your Subaru? :P
It'll take more than that to make me not love my Subaru !!

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Will you guys be moving into a new building? something with some more space, and a bigger show room?
I know how Jim Pattison likes to show case his dealerships, now he has an awesome brand to push
Staying in the same spot for now but we'll see what happens.

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Old 08-30-2015, 05:14 PM   #6
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Jim Pattison Subaru Northshore.

The store will officially change ownership on September 1st. 2015.

You work there?...I need some oem parts.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:03 PM   #7
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You work there?...I need some oem parts.
he's the boss.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:16 AM   #8
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I saw the change of some of the profile pics on the facebook page. Hopefully the same parts guys stay...
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:58 AM   #9
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Should we have any reason to be concerned that the service quality under Jimmy's ownership would change -- either for the better or for the worse?
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:13 PM   #10
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Specialty has always been my recommended Dealer for Subaru's and I can't imagine that would change. Patty is no business dummy...it would be nice for the boys and girls there to get a refreshed space to sell their wares from but other than that I just hope the same crew stays.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:25 AM   #11
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100% agreed!

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Specialty has always been my recommended Dealer for Subaru's and I can't imagine that would change. Patty is no business dummy...it would be nice for the boys and girls there to get a refreshed space to sell their wares from but other than that I just hope the same crew stays.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:44 PM   #12
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Well, today is the day and...Wow ! These guys aren't wasting any time !!

As I'm typing, the Specialty sign is getting pulled off the building, I have new business cards on my desk and I'm wearing a JP Auto Group landyard and name tag......

The most difficult transition must be for Maria who has been answering the phones EXACTLY the same for over 20 years.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:18 PM   #13
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Haha Maria will get used to it, maybe I shall give her a call
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:15 AM   #14
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Will they still let you run the ole iMac G3? I swear that was the first thing my eye saw the first time I met ya.
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:54 PM   #15
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what about the plate frames!?
Im still rocking the same frame out here in edmonton. Lol
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:36 PM   #16
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Maybe then could just change the name to Jimmies Special Subaru's?
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:26 PM   #17
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Haha Maria will get used to it, maybe I shall give her a call
She's actually doing really well and hasn't messed it up once !!

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Will they still let you run the ole iMac G3? I swear that was the first thing my eye saw the first time I met ya.
Yup, still have the Mac on my desk for now. They can have it if they want but there not getting my Commodore 64

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what about the plate frames!?
Im still rocking the same frame out here in edmonton. Lol
The frames still look the same " I <3 my Subaru" except now they say Jim Pattison except Specialty Subaru. I'm already hoarding the old ones..


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Maybe then could just change the name to Jimmies Special Subaru's?
Jimmies Special Soup & Subbies Shoppe.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:26 PM   #18
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Awesome customer service at Specialty. Bought my BRZ from Marek 2.5 years ago. Easy sale for him lol, no test drive, deposit and 7 month wait later, got the car. Will buy again one day!
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Old 09-04-2015, 04:32 PM   #19
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Hmmm - not sure I'd consider this good news. I always liked Specialty for its small-business appeal and for the way their hours were designed to give staff an actual life (close in the evenings and on Sunday). Now it's owned by a rootin', tootin' evangelical who already seems to own damned near everything in this town.
Oh good - another Jimmy P dealership.
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:34 PM   #20
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So, here's the update.

I won't be making any comments, only stating fact.

Jack, (Sales Manager) quit 1 month after change of ownership.
Bill (parts) quit and now works for Subaru Coquitlam.
Tony (Subaru technician) quit and now works for Mercedes.
Vera (sales) quit.
Lee (Parts manager) and 35yr. employee, quitting.
Steve (General manager) retired.

They have informed me, a 14 year employee, that in 4 months, my pay will be cut roughly 50% from the rate that I've had unchanged since 2003.

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Old 11-10-2016, 04:23 PM   #21
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time to jump ship! Lots of newer dealerships to choose from if you decide to stay in the industry.
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Old 11-11-2016, 12:13 PM   #22
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oh no! Lee is quitting? I have been dealing with him for over 13 years. Bill's new job is actually much closer to his home, I hope he is enjoying it.

6th gear, there are more subie dealership than it used to, I guess northshore location is taking a big hit from sales, maybe it's a good time to have a change.
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:50 PM   #23
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Interesting, as above I really liked the atmosphere there. Although I no longer own a Subaru (they don't make a pickup) my best auto purchasing was through Geremy there. Sad to see things changing...
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Old 12-22-2016, 03:11 PM   #24
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...and this is what happens when the focus changes from trying to help people to just numbers numbers numbers.

"My second try in few months as I really want to buy an 3.6 Outback Premier edition.Same experience, despite the girl at the welcome desk who was very friendly and smiley. Several sales persons did not show and enthusiasm to approach me or to say hello.One guy had no choice to say a shy hello (as I was right in front of him...) but instead of asking me how he could help me he insisted on the question "I guess you are coming to see my colleague" and pointed me in his direction. Easy way to avoid a client right in front of you... lol...Well too bad there were a nice photo on their website of the latest Outback silver color which I came to see. I loved it and sat inside but I wouldn't want to buy a new car in such a depressing environment. So long JP Sub!"
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Old 12-24-2016, 05:59 PM   #25
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....and again.


"Went in to buy a car today at 4:30 at the Subaru Dealership in North Vancouver, no one cared sales were just waiting to get out of the door and the sales manager was surprised that i wanted to buy a car - a used car lot would have had more energy. If Jim Pattison had walked in he would have fired everyone."
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