NEW OWNERS – Tri-County Motors of McKenzie is in the process of being sold to Peppers Automotive Group of Paris. The deal is expected to be sealed Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Ray Nanney

Tri-County Motors in McKenzie is in the process of being sold to Peppers Automotive Group of Paris.

Clay Dillahuny, who has been in business in McKenzie for 34 years, has decided to retire. He was out of the office Monday and unavailable for comment.

The business was at one time located in downtown McKenzie, across from McKenzie Banking Co. and was owned by the Atkins family prior to Dillahunty’s acquisition.

After Dillahunty purchased the business and within a few years, he had a new building constructed on property he owned on at the present location on U.S. Highway 79 near the east side of town.

Most of the employees are expected to be retained with the exception of Dillahunty’s son, Barry, and secretary Dawn Robinson.

Peppers General Manager Darren Harrison said plans are to seal the deal Wednesday afternoon.

It will be known as Peppers Ford with new Ford vehicles and a used vehicle inventory.

“We’re excited about being in McKenzie,” said Harrison.

Doug and Mark Peppers are the owners of three dealerships consisting of Toyota, General Motors and Jeep-Dodge, located on the east side of Paris on U.S. Highway 79.

Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride who is a former salesman at Tri-County Motors, said the move would be positive for everyone.

“The taxes will be good for the county and McKenzie schools,” he said. “It’s good to have a new car dealership in the county.”

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