Panama City, Florida Toyota dealership reopens after Hurricane Michael


PANAMA CITY – After three years of reconstruction after the devastation of Hurricane Michael which struck just days after the opening of its new facilities, Panama City Toyota welcomed the community to its dealership on Tuesday.

The Panama City Toyota dealership is located at 959 West 15 Street.

Also celebrating its 30th anniversary, the grand reopening of Panama City Toyota included live music from Chris Godber, a lunch provided by the FireFly Restaurant, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and tours inside the newly renovated facilities.

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Panama City Toyota inaugurated on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 its recently renovated facilities at 959 West 15th Street.  In the photo, CEO Robert Gates talks about his employees.

The celebration was joined by several businesses and community leaders including Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki, Bay District School Superintendent Bill Husfelt, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Panama City Chamber of Commerce Bay County Beach and Habitat for Humanity.

“We are delighted that our vision of a first-class automotive retail experience has finally become a reality and believe that in this new dealership, we have simply created a place where people would love to be. We look forward to welcoming our loyal customers and new visitors to our showroom, ”said Greg Finley, Panama City Toyota Senior Dealer.

The Panama City Toyota facility is approximately 75,000 square feet. It includes 34 service bays, a children’s play area and a new customer lounge called Café FJ, themed on the classic Toyota Land Cruiser FJ. It includes breakfast and lunch options for guests and specializes in espresso drinks and specialty coffee drinks such as cold nitro brew. Additionally, the dealership is home to the Panama City Toyota Heritage Collection, a museum-quality display of Toyota vehicles manufactured in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Panama City Toyota inaugurated on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 its recently renovated facilities at 959 West 15th Street.

The dealership has also stepped up its commitment to sustainability, implementing eco-friendly upgrades, such as LED lighting throughout the facility, a car wash that recovers 90% of the water used, high performance glass to reduce heat gain in the building and a new roof with improved insulation value.

Brent Sergot, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Southeast Toyota Distributors, presented the much-loved Katana Sword, a coveted samurai blade and an award that symbolizes loyalty, justice, pride, honor and integrity in Japanese culture.

Panama City Toyota inaugurated on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 its recently renovated facilities at 959 West 15th Street.  The waiting room for service is spacious with a colorful background.

“It is considered a great honor to receive the Katana Sword. We wanted to thank the Panama City Toyota dealership for their commitment, brand, continuous improvements and success with this gift,” said Sergot.

Panama City Toyota is a family business that has operated under the same owner for over 30 years. The company’s goal is to provide its customers with the best retail automotive buying and maintenance experience.


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