Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Announces Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, is holding a food drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia food bank.
“We chose this as The Junkluggers’ first official charity event because we are drawn to the synergy between organizations with the same purpose – helping those in the community,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our family has participated with and volunteers for Second Harvest, and it’s a charity we believe in and want to support.”
During November, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, will be asking customers to participate by donating non-perishable foods at the time of service. They hope to raise $2,400 and collect 15,000 food items.
The Junkluggers will then deliver the donations to the Second Harvest food bank on Friday, Dec. 8. The warehouse and distribution center serves more than 300 non-profit and faith-based agencies throughout 21 counties in Coastal Georgia.
“The food bank distributes more than 12 million pounds of food throughout Coastal Georgia to help relieve hunger each year,” Hess said. “Not only does this help families in need, but it also rescues truckloads of food that retail businesses might otherwise discard into the waste stream.”
It is estimated that food procured by Second Harvest represents a savings of greater than $19 million dollars in food costs for its partner agencies, which allows them to provide other services to those in need.
“Our mission is similarly aligned to the food bank’s in that we believe in donating first, recycling next and avoiding landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “As an eco-friendly, caring alternative to traditional junk removal, our goal is to protect the community we live in by sorting everything we put on the truck for donations, recycling and disposal, with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”
Junkluggers is committed to presenting monthly donations to local charities and is developing partnerships with several local causes and non-profits. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.
MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.
Peacock Automotive Announces Acquisition of Savannah Hyundai
(SAVANNAH, GA) Peacock Automotive has announced it bought the Savannah Hyundai dealership at 7011 Abercorn Street from previous owner Mark Medinger on Nov. 8. With the addition of the new Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Automotive has expanded its Savannah footprint to cover more than 15 acres with four conveniently located dealerships.
“We have owned the Hyundai dealership in the Bluffton, S.C., area since 2006,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We like the brand and like working with this manufacturer, which is known for offering a 10-year, 100-thousand-mile warranty. The Savannah Hyundai location is also perfect for us, as it is next to our other properties in Savannah.”
Peacock Hyundai of Savannah has approximately 30,000 square feet, including a service department, used car facility and new car facility. It’s located next to Peacock Automotive’s Savannah Volkswagen, Savannah Fiat and Alfa Romeo of Savannah dealerships.
“This new acquisition is now part of the Peacock Automotive family, so customers will receive the same great treatment, service and selection that they receive at all of our other dealerships,” Peacock said. “We want our customers to have the best experience possible when buying or servicing their vehicles, and Hyundai will embrace this as well. Our No. 1 goal is zero dissatisfied customers.”
The Hyundai dealership was updated recently to meet the car manufacturer’s corporate identity standards and to better serve customers. Current employees will stay with the Peacock Automotive group. Overall, the firm will add 60 jobs to its roster of about 600 people employed at its 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall at the I-95 Hilton Head Island gateway near Bluffton, S.C.
Angelo Minichiello, who manages Peacock Automotive’s other Savannah dealerships, has been named general manager of Peacock Hyundai of Savannah. For more information about Peacock Hyundai of Savannah, visit www.peacockhyundaiofsavannah.com. For Peacock Automotive information, visit www.peacockautomotive.com or call (843) 208-1258.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Thirteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Savannah Man Elected National President of AMBUCS
Kevin Sheehan to Serve as President of the Nationwide Organization
(SAVANNAH, GA) Kevin Sheehan, a local businessman and former president of Savannah AMBUCS, was elected to serve as president for the National AMBUCS organization during their recent convention in Osage Beach, Mo. Sheehan’s term, which began in October, runs for one year.
“AMBUCS is such a wonderful organization, making a real difference in the lives of individuals in so many ways, and I am honored to serve on the national level,” said Sheehan.
The National organization was founded as American Business Clubs, a membership organization dedicated to helping people with different abilities. In 1961, the organization shortened it to AMBUCS. The club now has more than 5,000 members in 159 chapters in 35 states. The non-profit’s mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
Since 1955, the National organization has donated $8.8 million in scholarships to students pursuing physical, occupational and speech therapy degrees; donated almost 30,000 three-wheel bicycles, known as amtrykes, for children and adults who cannot ride regular bicycles; and coordinated a variety of community service projects to raise funds and awareness for the organization.
Coastal Georgia YMCA Holds Grand Opening of Statesboro Facility
Felder & Associates of Savannah serves as architect for $1 million project.
(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia held a grand opening of the first phase for its new $1 million, 50,000-square-foot facility in Statesboro, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Felder & Associates of Savannah served as architect for the project at 409 Claiborne Ave., the site of the former Sallie Zetterower Elementary School complex. Work to renovate the building and grounds included adding new windows to the old school gym that now welcome light into the YMCA’s new 11,000-square-foot wellness center. Renovations were also made to an adjacent classroom wing and the cafeteria to convert them into activity spaces.
“This unique location in a neighborhood setting offers the perfect fit for the YMCA, with great accessibility, over eight acres of usable land and fifty thousand square feet of indoor space,” said Joel Smoker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “The Felder team worked alongside many YMCA volunteers to ensure we have this beautiful and functional place to serve the community now and for generations to come.”
The facility will also offer cardio and strength equipment, a boxing studio, Child Watch and Kid Zone rooms for pre-school and school-aged children, a dedicated teen room and separate studios for yoga, Pilates, dance and group exercise classes. The local YMCA’s full-time staff of two (plus part-time instructors), is expected to increase to as many as 15 employees.
“While the renovation repurposes the building for a new use, our goal was also to preserve some of the history of the school itself, honoring the legacy of the students and teachers who once walked the halls,” said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates.
Grand opening festivities included an open house with tours of the facility and an opportunity to meet staff members.
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
Peacock Automotive Rebrands Collision Center
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has rebranded its NRAM Collision Center, just down the road from the firm’s Peacock Auto Mall, as the Peacock Collision Center. Established in 2014, the Peacock Collision Center specializes in all types of collision repair, including frame straightening, suspension work, dent removal and glass repair. They also offer towing services.
“We recently celebrated our fifteenth anniversary and rebranded the New River Auto Mall as Peacock Auto Mall,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “The rebranding of Peacock Collision Center now associates the family name with this facility as well.”
The 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art collision center services an average of 250 vehicles monthly. Located at 1667 N. Okatie Highway in Ridgeland, S.C., the Peacock Collision Center employs 17 full-time employees.
The Collision Center has attained several special certifications, including Aluminum Certifications with Audi and Ford. The center is also on the Pro-First recommended program with Honda & Acura. They are certified with Infiniti, Nissan, GM and Chrysler, which includes Mopar brands, Ram, Dodge, Jeep, SRT & Fiat. The Technicians are trained on all makes and models and they are I-CAR Certified.
Peacock Collision Center accepts all major insurance carriers and has partnered with many of the major insurance companies, including USAA, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Safeco, Progressive, Hartford and more, to assist with customers’ vehicle repair requirements.
The Peacock Collision Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the website at www.peacockcollisioncenter.com, call 800-483-0578 or email email@example.com.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. Thirteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Southern Motors Acura Hosts Grand Opening for New Dealership on Chatham Parkway
Public Invited to Join the Celebration Through Car Giveaway
(SAVANNAH, GA) Southern Motors Acura invites the public to join them at the grand opening of their new dealership at 102 Park of Commerce Dr. on Chatham Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As part of the celebration, one visitor will go home with a free two-year lease on a new Southern Motors Acura ILX.
The new outlet, with a 32,000-square-foot showroom, will offer new and used car sales and customer service while Southern Motors’ current location, which has been on Broughton Street for 88 years, will continue to provide service for downtown customers.
“We are thrilled with this expansive new building and footprint, which will allow us to grow and support our community,” said Ross Kaminsky, Southern Motors co-owner general manager. “And our customers can expect the same great service they are used to from one of the oldest family run dealerships in the area.”
Founded in 1929 by Julius Kaminsky, Southern Motors is a third-generation family owned and operated business.
The Kaminsky family believes in their city and feels it is important to show support through numerous charities and investments.
As part of that effort, a percentage of every car sold at Southern Motors benefits Hospice Savannah’s Camp Aloha. Weekend Camp Aloha is for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the previous 24 months. The annual camp provides structured activities and plays to help the children realize they are not alone in their grief.
To enter the contest for a new Acura, submit a photo of your current ride to http://savannahnow.com/SMAcuraGiveaway#/gallery/ by Monday, Nov. 13, at 11:59 p.m.
Finalists will be personally invited to attend the grand opening.
For more information on the grand opening celebration, visit www.southernmotorsacura.com.
ABOUT SOUTHERN MOTORS ACURA
Southern Motors Automotive Group was created in 1929 by Julius Kaminsky and is still thriving more than 88 years later. Their franchises now include Honda, Acura, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Southern Motors Acura is a premier retailer of new and used Acura vehicles. The dealership’s original location was 402 E. Broughton St. in Savannah, Ga., but has recently moved to a brand new dealership at 102 Park of Commerce Dr. Savannah, GA 31405. Southern Motors Acura has a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience in satisfying customers’ needs. Their mission is to provide the highest quality sales and service, the most competitive price and a total “family” experience with the goal of earning customers for life. The business has won numerous awards, including being voted Best of Savannah for five consecutive years. For more information, call (912) 232-3333 or visit www.southernmotorsacura.com
Environmentally Friendly Junk Removal Service, Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Opens for Business
Firm to Serve Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Ga., and Jasper and Beaufort counties in S.C.
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire announces the environmentally friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal has officially opened to serve Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Ga., and Jasper and Beaufort counties in S.C. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances.
The company hauls away items people no longer want or need and strives to donate and recycle as much as possible with the goal of keeping items out of landfills. Junkluggers is also a caring alternative to traditional junk removal by enhancing lives through donations and returns a tax-deductible receipt for anything that they are able to donate on their customer’s behalf.
“We donate first, recycle next and avoid landfills as much as possible,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “We are very proud of our eco-friendly mission to protect the community we live in through donations and recycling by sorting everything we put on the truck for donations, recycling, and disposal, with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”
While keeping items out of the landfill is the company’s number one goal, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, are also focused on the impact the company can make in the local community.
“We partner with a wide variety of local charities that help a myriad of causes,” Hess explained. “From assisting those with special needs to protecting the local pet population, to helping formerly homeless veterans furnish their new apartments, we are extremely proud of the good we are able to do right in our own backyard.”
Junkluggers is committed to presenting a donation each month to a local charity. During October, the company has pledged support for Savannah’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Event, Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s Midnight Garden Ride and the Savannah Jaycees’ 75th Diamond Anniversary Gala. In November, Junkluggers will be assisting Benedictine Military School with its annual holiday food collection campaign. They are also developing partnerships with other local causes and charities.
Junkluggers also plans to announce the opening of its Second Chance Store early next year. This up-cycling retail facility will offer gently used furniture to the public at deeply discounted prices, as well as repaired items that otherwise would have been destined for the landfill. Proceeds will help benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing for military and veterans’ families while their loved one is receiving treatment at military or VA medical centers.
For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.
MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained and the company is insured with 100% property damage protection. The company is also committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.