It was one of the earliest Chevrolet dealerships in the state, when George Brown and Norman Holter opened a Chevrolet, Dodge, Maxwell, and Studebaker dealership at 503 1st Street on October 1, 1920. The dealership was operated by the family until 1974.
It was one of the
earliest Chevrolet dealerships in the state, when George Brown and Norman
Holter opened a Chevrolet, Dodge, Maxwell, and Studebaker dealership at 503 1st
Street on October 1, 1920. Brown had
previously operated a livery stable with his father, pioneer Abe Brown.
In 1926, Martin
Holter joined the team, now called Brown & Holter and they expanded to
cover most of the block from 501 to 511 1st. Martin Holter opened a branch in
Pullman in 1932. George Brown's son, Robert, worked with Holter there after
graduation from Washington State College. Youngest son, Martin Brown managed a
dealership in Colfax after his graduation from college.
On the corner of 1st
and College, the dealership operated a used car lot called the Bright Spot.
After World War II, the corner space was converted into a Standard Oil gas
A new Cheney Post
Office joined Brown & Holter on the block in 1929 at 513 1st. When the
current Post Office opened in 1962, Brown & Holter took over the old postal
George Brown died in
1945, and his three sons, Nolan, Robert, and Martin bought out the Holters,
though they kept the name. Nolan Brown operated the Cheney dealership until his
death in 1967.
In 1974, Roy Leland
and Tom Beaty bought the Cheney Chevrolet dealership, renaming it Leland-Beaty
Chevrolet. The business changed hands again in 1979, becoming Leach Chevrolet.
Just two years later, Gary Anderberg bought the business, renaming it Anderberg
Chevrolet. In the fall of 1983, he moved the dealership to 2222 1st Street.
Anderberg moved out, Jay Mahaffy took over the site with his auto repair
business. In the early 2000s, he moved J & M Collision to the old Anderberg
site at 2222 1st.
The Mahaffy family
still owns the property as of 2017, except for the old post office site 513
1st, which is owned by the Doug Nixon Insurance Agency, he retired and closed the agency in 2018. In 2014, New Boundary
Brewing opened in the old gas station space at 1st & College, the brewery closed at the end of 2017.