Car dealership marks 100th anniversary
BY COREY DAVIS
Monday, November 13, 2017
A local car dealership has reached a milestone.
Don Bulluck Chevrolet at 1920 N. Wesleyan Blvd. in Rocky Mount recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in business. The dealership held a big event on Nov. 4 in honor of the achivement and gave away several prizes, including TVs and IPads.
The grand prize was a white 2017 Chevrolet Volt hybrid vehicle that runs both on electricity and gas. Trey Bulluck, general manager of Don Bulluck Chevrolet, said Linda Armfield of Pinetops was able to get the right key from among the many contestants to start up and win the vehicle.
Bulluck said Armfield elected to give the car to her daughter, who in turn has a son that just started his freshmen year at Winston-Salem University and needed a vehicle.
“It fell perfectly in order for them, and it wasn’t like somebody that had three or four cars,” he said.
After deliberating with Don Bulluck Chevrolet management about the Volt, Armfield decided to leave the lot with a different automobile.
“When we sat down with her, the Volt was her car,” Bulluck said. “But with a 18-year-old in college pulling up to the dorm in a Volt and no place to charge it would be hard and we also told her the tax consequences because we all know the government is going to get its money. We gave her an offer to pick another new car, which she found a more sportier car that would benefit more for her grandson. She received a lower priced car and cash to pay the taxes. It worked out well.”
Bulluck said the only known recorded history of Don Bulluck Chevrolet was that it started in 1917 by his grandfather, Don Bulluck Sr., on a vacant lot on Tarboro Street in downtown Rocky Mount. History suggests that the business moved into another building downtown on South Washington Street and was named Bulluck Auto Sales Co.
By 1926, the dealership had outgrown its location and moved to Sunset Avenue, where it remained until 1931. The Great Depression forced foreclosure on a neighboring building on South Church Street, which Bulluck acquired after completion of minor remodeling.
In 1960, Bulluck Jr. purchased the dealership from his father and changed the name to Bel-Air Chevrolet. In 1968, the business moved to new facilities on U.S. 301 By-Pass. The dealership in 1977 was changed again to Don Bulluck Chevrolet. The Cadiallc franchise was added in 1999 and the name became Don Bulluck Chevrolet Cadillac.
In March 2001, Don Bulluck Jr. passed the dealership on to his sons William Bulluck and Donald “Trey” Bulluck III. The business is located on U.S. 301 on 11.54 acres of land with three modern buildings, kept up-to-date by constant remodeling and two major expansions.
William Bulluck said Don Bulluck Chevrolet currently have 49 employees on staff. He added Don Bulluck is one of the few local dealerships left that are family-owned.
“A lot of people don’t realize that dealerships do so much for the community they’re in,” William Bulluck said. “We’re deep in the community, and we’ve forever been involved in community fundraisers and we sponsor a lot of youth sports.”