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Used auto dealership opens on U.S. 60, creating jobs for 15-20

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

There's a new used auto dealership at 6018 U.S. 60 in Barboursville, the former location of Moses Honda Volkswagen.

J.D. Byrider opened last weekend, offering a variety of used automobiles and financing options for customers who need help with credit. Most of the vehicles sold there are domestic, with some Kias and Hyundais, and a few Hondas and Toyotas, said manager Billy St. Clair.

The 10,000-square-foot location has seven service bays and will offer a 36-month/36,000-mile warranty for those who qualify to purchase a vehicle. The dealership also will create 15 to 20 new jobs, according to a news release.

J.D. Byrider has 148 locations in 29 states. This is its sixth in West Virginia and the fifth for franchisees Bill Rowland and Mark Morris.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Ashland Alliance will host its Summer Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave.

The event is being held in conjunction with Summer Motion, and guests are invited to celebrate 25 years of music, family fun and free entertainment. It will feature hors d'voeuvres and door prizes. RSVP to 606-327-1915.

Marshall University's Recreation Center will be host to the next Business After Hours event for the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. It's planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at 402 Thundering Herd Drive. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per member if registered in advance; $20 nonmember/walk-ins. To RSVP, call the Chamber at 304-525-5131.

Business After Hours events are designed as a networking event for members of the business community.

RUSSELL ROAD McDONALD'S: McDonald's at 150 Russell Road in Ashland will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, featuring McDonald's new design inside and out. Guests will see that flat panel televisions with video images have replaced in-store menu boards. Flat panel televisions will also be placed inside the dining room, along with several outlets located near tables. Customers also can continue to access free wi-fi and now charge their devices while dining.

The renovated restaurant also has a double drive-through to speed up the line. Behind the scenes, this restaurant will have McDonald's new "fast lane" kitchen design and is just one of a small number of restaurants in the United States using this concept.

This location also will have a level-two electric car charging station, similar to the one found at the McDonald's at 1st Street and 5th Avenue in Huntington, also operated by local owner/operator Tom Wolf. The charging station is capable of charging electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt, which will be on display at the restaurant on opening day.

Guests can enjoy free cake in the restaurant lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ronald McDonald will be on hand to greet guests until noon. Free face painting will be offered in the lobby from 5 to 7 p.m.

The grand opening celebration will continue Saturday, June 8, with a carnival on the parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. with free games, face painting and an appearance from Batman, Batwoman and the Batmobile.

The restaurant will employ about 85 people.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.