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Done Deal
updated: Aug 08, 2012, 7:18 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I grew up in Isla Vista and for many years drove by this dealership on Hollister, almost got a job there once but was working for the Census at the time. It's been closed down for a while now and its being torn down! Whats going on? Anything to be put in its place? Anyone got any interesting stories about doing business there? How long was it there for?

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 COMMENT 306068 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 07:34 PM

I believe the dealership location was found to be in violation off FAA guidelines concerning proximity to the airport and active runway. Plans to tear it down go back to 2003-2004.

Sad to see it go, but progress isn't always happy.


 COMMENT 306112 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 09:00 PM

Death knell came in 2008/2009 when the parent company decreed that this dealership would close during the financial crisis. Dealership owner Jim Crook (regrettable name for a car dealer) tried to find other digs on Hope Ave. but too little too late.


 COMMENT 306113 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 09:04 PM

Originally Vista volkswagan last dealership sb chrysler Jeep


 COMMENT 306117P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 09:38 PM

Old timers may remember decades ago that is was sketchy zoning of a car lot to begin with big local names at that time.


 COMMENT 306119P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 09:47 PM

Wasnt it Floyd Little Chrysler Dodge originally and he was a former Denver Broncos player, also NBC Sports Analyst and coached UCSB football back when that was around.


 COMMENT 306122P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 10:07 PM

I know that Floyd Little owned what is now Perry Ford in the mid eighties, but I didn't know he owned the Chrysler dealership, too.


 COMMENT 306128 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-08 11:15 PM

It was never Floyd Little Dodge. Beard Motors was the Dodge dealer years ago and SB Chrysler-Plymouth sold...well...Chryslers and Plymouths. Eventually there was some shuffling of products and I think either SB Auto Group or its predecessor, Gregg Motors, got the Dodge franchise. After a while the dealership then became SB Dodge and moved to Hollister Avenue.

The Dodge dealership was never the site of the old Vista Volkswagen franchise, which was down Hollister Avenue a few blocks. I think that the old Vista building (6464 Hollister Ave.) is now an office complex or something.


 COMMENT 306142 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 06:44 AM

068 is correct; SB Airport forced to remove facility because of proximity to runway. Meanwhile, the SB City Council had 3 chances since 2001 to put Target on the nearly unsightly vacant parcel across from the Elephant Bar and refused to even once consider redeveloping the property - now Target has to go through a 2 year (=probably 20 year) process in Goleta ("Get Out Leave Every Thing Alone") to build a store. The current and past SB City Council should be enshrined in the Hall of Shame for wasting the taxpayers land and resources.


 COMMENT 306150 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 07:22 AM

TSB, the SB City Council wanted to put in Target, collect taxes from it, and give Goleta all the traffic and infrastructure pain in return. Small wonder Goleta argued back. That property had been gerrymandered into SB by a land grab in the 50s or perhaps earlier, which the State then outlawed (but did not rescind). It should never have been a part of SB in the first place.


 COMMENT 306167 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 07:57 AM

Does anyone remember that movie theater that was torn down 5-6 years ago, near the Elephant Bar? Seems businesses in this area are more likely implode than prosper.


 COMMENT 306181 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 08:19 AM

Bring back Sparks!!


 COMMENT 306202 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 08:39 AM

068 - Yes, I remember the movie theater that was torn down. I also remember that during a film in 1975 or 1976 a rat ran over my foot in the dark. Never went back after that.

We also used to like to go to the drive-in theater nearby as well.


 COMMENT 306222P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 09:07 AM

TSB's Goleta acronym for the win! Some of the workers at Silly Hall seem to be catching on that they shouldn't drive all the businesses away with excessive regulations and fees, or there won't be a city, but it's a slow process...


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 10:04 AM

To all these complainers about the alleged lack of city responsiveness to their "needs": If your laissez-faire nonsense had been in place over the past 75 years Santa Barbara would be Oxnard. Give it up for the results of restraint and planning. Just because someone has the money to build a piece of trash and make bucks doesn't mean they have the right to do it anywhere they want without regard to the neighborhood.


 COMMENT 306262 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 10:09 AM

The theatre was called Cinema Twin. Not a very good one, lots of problems. With Fairview and the Camino Real theatre being much newer and so close by it had to go.


 COMMENT 306287 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 10:45 AM

Back in the 70's and into the 80's the City of Santa Barbara
planned to develop an auto center on the airport property north of Hollister. The first building of the project was Trans-World Motors, the property that you asked about. They sold Porsche, BMW, and SAAB. When that building was built it was the most modern dealership in the county.


 COMMENT 306382 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 01:17 PM

What I liked about the Cinema Twin was that it was almost always half empty and you could chill in there and watch a movie or two. It was funky and kinda gross but that's what I love about Goleta in general - lived here for so long now - wouldn't change a thing.


 COMMENT 306446 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 02:58 PM

you go RHS! I figure if so many people must have a Target, more parking, more 99 Cent stores, a better variety of fast food, cheaper rents and more cheap crappy clothes, then move to Ventura or Oxnard....they have a beach, they have mountains, just like SB.


 COMMENT 306467 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 03:16 PM

WHAT RHS SAID! Amen to that.


 COMMENT 306622 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-09 10:58 PM

The theater was originally called the Cinema. It was one large theater and quite nice to go to many, many, many years ago to see a double-feature. Anyone else remember when going to the movies was a double-feature? Then the craze swept thru and they turned it into two smaller theaters, but sadly. let the place go until attendance got so small, partly because of the new theaters in the Camino Real Marketplace. There was also a small Kinko's in the dirt lot across the street. All of that was directly across from the Elephant Bar.


 COMMENT 306699P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-10 08:16 AM

Yes, it was the Cinema but also there was a Drive-in theater. I learned a lot there...


 COMMENT 307255P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-11 12:48 PM

would be awesome to see a karting track go in at that location. sb could use a good track for shifter carts and supermoto, that lot is the perfect size for a small track. the noise/air pollution would be miniscule compared to the airplanes coming and going from sba.


 COMMENT 307409 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-11 08:39 PM

The Cinema Twin died due to the cost of updates that would have included costly ADA modifications and far costlier seismic retrofits on top of the cost of "redecorating".

SB Dodge was one of the "low volume" Chrysler dealerships mandated for closure by the White House and Congress as part of the bailout/reorganization process. A real shame, as this was a small but profitable operation and a lot of local consumers got stung pretty badly having to drive a 100 mile round trip now to get to a dealer that services their make and has a decent reputation. Some big bucks lost on tow trucks and rental cars!

The SB city council at one time tried to herd most of the car dealerships in the city to this area but protests (including a few death threats as I recall) finally caused them to reconsider.


 COMMENT 308091 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-08-14 12:24 PM

SB dodge was NOT required to close under the terms of the Chrysler bankruptcy. It survived until the end of 2010 when the owner ran out of money and a deal to sell it to Bunnin Auto Group failed. There will be a Chrysler dealer in SB (probably on Hitchcock) again when someone builds it.


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