Fucello Car Dealerships in Watertown, Adams Selling to Wallis

APRIL 30 – Watertown – There was a major shake-up in the world of car dealerships in the north of the country.

The local auto dealership, owned by William B. “Billy” Fuccillo, was sold out, about a year after his death.

The Fucello Automotive Group sold the Mitsubishi dealership in Watertown, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Ford dealerships in Adams.

The deal does not include the import of the Fucello in Watertown or the Fucello Chevrolet in Adams, said Kevin Hadley, director of sales for the Fucello Auto Group.

The new owner wasn’t interested in selling the import, while Chevy’s future could be clearer in three to six months, he said.

The deal was completed on Thursday.

It takes over the Wally Automobile Group, which is owned by Wally Darwish, which has dealerships in New Jersey and Long Island.

New York showrooms will take his first name at the dealership’s address. An example would be Ford of Adams from Wally.

Hadley said Mr. Darwish met with staff at local agents on Friday.

“I’ve worked for Bailey for 22 years,” Hadley said. “(Wally) reminds me of Billy. He’s a great guy.”

Since his death last June, it has been a worrisome time for Fuccillo’s employees as they mourned the passing of Mr. Fuccillo and questioned the future of the company.

But now the employees know what is to come for the agents, said Mr. Hadley.

“It was a sigh of relief for the staff,” he said. “I think the employees I’ve spoken to are motivated, most of all.”

He said all Fucilo employees will stay with the new car group.

Mr. Fucillo passed away at the age of 65 after his health had been in decline for an extended period. He was widely known for his television advertisements in which he promoted his business with the slogan “It’s cool”. He started his automobile empire when he opened his first dealership on Route 11 in Adams in 1989.

Before his death, Mr. Fucillo sold to agents in New York and Florida. But the auto group maintained another 20 locations across the two states.

The sale to Fuccillo’s local dealership is among a total of 10 New York dealerships Wally has acquired. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram, Ford and Nissan dealerships are sold in Seneca Falls, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Latham, East Greenbush and Nelliston.

According to the company’s website, Wally’s is “New York’s new car shopping destination.”

Mr. Fucillo’s son, William B. Fucello, president of the Fucello Automotive Group.

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