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Sold: Brown Automotive becomes Umansky Automotive

A Memphis-based car dealership chain bought Charlottesville’s Brown Automotive Group, an institution in the community for nearly 40 years, on September 19.
 
Umansky Automotive Group, a family-operated company, has 850 employees across 16 dealerships, says owner Dan Umansky. The five local Brown dealerships will be his first locations in Virginia, with the others in Tennessee, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
 
Brown Automotive Group owner Kenny Brown, who first purchased his Route 29 location in 1981 and now employs more than 350 people in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, says he’s ready to turn over the keys.