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Updated: 09/28/2013 08:00:05AM

Sorensen and Schade Chrysler under new ownership

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The Mahalak Group, which owns Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Winter Haven, Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and FIAT of Winter Haven, has acquired the former Sorensen and Schade Chrysler in Lake Wales.

The dealership is the newest addition to five other family owned dealerships in Florida, Ohio and Michigan. The new owners, the Mahalak family, started their first dealership in Michigan in 1966. The six total dealerships are owned by brothers Ralph Jr., Mike, JP, and Alex.

“I truly am excited about all the services we offer Central Florida through our now four convenient locations,” said Ralph Mahalak Jr. “We’ve brought more horsepower and technology to the dealership so the team can satisfy customers’ needs.”

“The transition has been great,” said Wayne Weathersby, general sales manager of Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “The biggest change is going to be the fact that our customers now have access to more than 700 new and pre-owned vehicles right here without having to drive to Orlando or Tampa.”

“Our goal is to help our new dealership run faster and more efficiently,” JP Mahalak said.

“We are updating our processes and technology, adding more marketing and paying close attention to business development. The team here is very enthusiastic about the changes.”

The Mahalak Auto Group values the community and works hard to support other local businesses and fundraising events, in a press release stated.

“We named the dealership after the Lake Wales community,” said Alex Mahalak, “because we want to be involved in the community in every way we can.”

“I want to thank our customers for their loyalty during our 22 years serving Winter Haven and Polk County as we continue this tradition throughout Central Florida,” said Mike Mahalak. “We appreciate the support of the communities that we serve and look forward to building more relationships. It is our goal to satisfy your needs and exceed your expectations.”

The dealership is located at 21529 U.S. 27.

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