Wharton’s slates ribbon cutting

PARKERSBURG – The Wharton Auto Group on Seventh Street will hold a ribbon-cutting from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at its new Nissan and Cadillac showrooms.

A dessert bar, prizes, a collection of vintage Cadillacs and tours of the new facilities are planned during the three-hour celebration, said Dan Wharton Jr., senior manager of the auto group.

“I’m glad to get the construction part behind us,” he said.

The auto group is comprised of the new Cadillac and Nissan sales, sales of all pre-owned vehicles and full-service body and service shops.

Construction of the Cadillac showroom started in October 2011. Ground was broken on Oct. 1, 2011, and the Cadillac showroom was completed first.

Construction then moved to the Nissan facilities, which was completed in December and was moved into just before New Year’s, Wharton said.

The new 3,000-square-foot Cadillac showroom was constructed at the front of the former showroom, which was built in 1951.

The main contractor on the Cadillac project was Phoenix Associates of Parkersburg.

“They have done a lot of the Nissan facilities,” Wharton said.

Representatives from the auto group, the contractors, the Chamber of Commerce and the city will participate in the Thursday activities, Wharton said.

Among the old Cadillacs that will be on display are a 1959 sedan, which had the largest fins of any Cadillac made, a special 1976 Bicentennial El Dorado convertible and a 1949 Cadillac that belonged to Dan Wharton Sr., Wharton’s father and owner of the auto group.

“It was dad’s car in high school,” Wharton said.