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October 28, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republic Industries Inc., moving to become a major player in Southern California's competitive new-car market, announced Monday that it will buy Southern California Auto Group and its 20 dealerships. The all-stock deal is part of a $250-million expansion of Florida-based Republic's huge and growing auto retailing empire.
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June 26, 1995 | REBECCA MOWBRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An open letter from Infiniti--assuring owners and would-be car buyers that the luxury car maker will stand by them--is posted in the employee room at Infiniti of Santa Monica. On Sunday afternoon, it was the only outward sign that a trade war with Japan could be near. A handful of customers browsed the showroom, workers routinely hosed down cars for delivery to their new owners, and sales personnel worked the phones, trying to nail down deals as usual.
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January 27, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republic Industries Inc. is preparing to make a second major foray into Southern California's lucrative new-car market with the purchase of the eight-dealership Webb Automotive Group, one of the nation's highest-grossing chains, sources say. Neither Republic nor Irvine-based Webb Automotive would comment, but industry sources said negotiations have been going on for months and that a letter of intent was signed two weeks ago.
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