July 5, 2022

Ivoryton Mazda Dealership Closes

ESSEX— The Crest Mazda car dealership at 7 Main St. in the Ivoryton section closed Wednesday, leaving vacant a parcel that had housed one of the first automobile dealerships in lower Middlesex County.

Peter Loscoe, service manager at the dealership, said Thursday the Mazda franchise had been purchased by Landon Sock, owner of the Kia dealership at the Old Saybrook Auto Mall.

Loscoe said most of the vehicle inventory was relocated to Old Saybrook Wednesday.
The 1.5-acre parcel located on the Mill Pond of Falls River has contained car dealerships since the early 1900s, beginninng as the Behrens & Bushnell Buick dealership that sold some of the first automobiles to be owned and driven in the Valley Shore towns. It has operated under the Crest Mazda name since 2005 after many years as a branch of the Town and Country auto dealership of Middletown.

The parcel is currently owned by Grand Pacific Holding Corp. of Flushing N.Y. It was assessed at $777,400 on the October 2009 grand list. First Selectman Phil Miller said Thursday he had heard rumors in recent days the dealership was on the way out. Miller noted the property has a key location on one of the widest vistas of the Mill Pond.

“We certainly are interested in the future of that property,” Miller said, while adding the parcel may have some environmental contamination issues because of the decades of use as a car dealership with a service department.