Groupe Park Avenue: Growth and Transitions
Groupe Park Avenue (GPA) owns a large group of automotive dealers in Montreal, Canada. The business's origins go back to Norm D. H bert, who purchased an underperforming Chevrolet dealer on Park Avenue in downtown Montreal in 1959. His son Norman Jr. joined GPA in 1980, when it was still a single dealership. Now, thirty-five years later, GPA owns 20 car dealerships and must adapt to an ever-evolving landscape. Historically "mom and pop" shops, dealerships are increasingly acquired by regional dealer groups such as GPA and by public companies. Indeed, AutoCanada, a Canadian public company, has just purchased a BMW and a MINI dealer in the Montreal market, the first time a consolidator has stepped onto GPA's home turf. Meanwhile, GPA is also changing, with Norman Jr.'s son having recently joined the business. This case, which centres on the interaction between enterprise growth and family ownership, examines the strategic challenges and ownership transition issues facing GPA.