GAFFNEY, SC (October 22, 2020) - Gaffney’s longstanding, family-owned and operated Chevrolet dealership will have a new dealer next week. Sam Burns, dealer of Burns Chevrolet for 30 years, will hand the reins over to his son, Charlie Burns on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Started by Sam’s father, Weldon Burns, the Burns dealership opened in 1984 on North Limestone Street. In 2013, the business opened in its current location at 101 Peachoid Road in Gaffney.
A graduate of Gaffney High School, Charlie got his start at the family business as a young child. After graduating from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, he returned to the Upstate in 2017 to follow in the footsteps of the generations before him to lead the Chevrolet dealership.
While in Columbia, Charlie gained experience working for both the Jim Hudson Audi and General Motors stores. Upon returning to Gaffney, Charlie started in the Parts department before managing the Internet Sales, Finance, and Buy Here, Pay Here departments. Charlie graduated from the esteemed National Automobile Dealers Association Academy in 2019.
Burns Chevrolet has long been known in Cherokee County for its commitment to the community, thanks to Sam Burns. Throughout his time as dealer, Sam has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Chamber of Commerce, First Baptist Church, and currently, Limestone University. His generosity and integrity are widely known in the community and the state, earning him the South Carolina Dealer of the Year Award for 2020. Additionally, Sam received the 2020 “Super Saint” award from Limestone University. Burns Chevrolet was awarded Business of the Year in 2015 from the Chamber of Commerce.
Charlie hopes to continue his father’s legacy with a dedication to giving back and strengthening the local community. Charlie currently serves as President of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and lives in Spartanburg with his wife of 4 years and foster son.
“We appreciate all of the support that our employees and customers have given us throughout my dad’s tenure,” said Charlie. “My family and I are excited and honored to serve the community for many years to come.”
About Burns Chevrolet of Gaffney
The Burns Family Automotive Group has served the Carolinas for nearly a century, offering a premium car-buying experience like none other since 1923. Our new and used car dealership in Gaffney is a family-owned and operated business that is committed to customer satisfaction and giving back. That’s what makes Burns Chevrolet “The Right Choice.”
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