June 07, 2011 // Franchising.com // KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On May 7, a fire caused major damage to the J.D. Byrider dealership at 8413 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. However, due to significant efforts by Knoxville-area fire personnel, there were no injuries to employees and the building was salvageable.
To thank the community for their assistance during and after the fire, Knoxville franchise owner Vince Keller donated $1,000 to local charitable organization FISH Hospitality Pantries, and J.D. Byrider's corporate office is matching the gift for a total donation of $2,000.
Each month, FISH Hospitality Pantries – a non-profit, all-volunteer organization – provides food packages to more than 11,000 families in four Knoxville locations and more than 2,000 families from locations in Claiborne County and Knox County.
"The local community has been extremely helpful during the past month as we have worked to get back in business," said Keller. "Donating to such a worthy organization is the least we could do to thank Knoxville and area fire personnel for the work they put into saving our store."
"We are grateful no one was seriously injured during the fire and a portion of the dealership was saved," said J.D. Byrider CEO Steve Wedding. "Knoxville has been a great community for business, and we are proud to give a donation to FISH Hospitality Pantries to thank the community for their assistance."
In business more than 20 years, J.D. Byrider is the nation's leading used car sales and finance enterprise. The company was founded to serve customers with special auto financing needs and to ensure that they receive the same quality service in every J.D. Byrider dealership. With nearly 900,000 consumers matched to quality, affordable vehicles, the company continues its focus on reliability and customer satisfaction. Headquartered near Indianapolis in Carmel, Ind., J.D. Byrider has 128 franchised- and company-owned dealerships in 30 states. Visit www.jdbyrider.com to learn more.