FLUSHING — After serving customers for several generations, the Delehanty family has decided to sell their Ford dealership in Flushing.
John and Mike Delehanty, the longtime owners of Delehanty Ford on 1510 E. Pierson Road, informed employees last month that they would be retiring and selling the family business. On Friday, Oct. 30, the Delehantys transferred ownership of the dealership to the LaFontaine Automotive Group.
Dave Manges, a longtime new vehicle sales manager for Delehanty Ford, said that current staff are being offered positions to continue their employment with the new owners in Flushing.
“It was important to the Delehantys that they leave a productive legacy for Flushing and their employees, and last week our team was introduced to the LaFontaine family,” he said. “There is an energy and vision that the new owner brings. It’s based on continuing what the Delehantys built and bringing significant new resources to serve more customers and reach more segments of the automotive market.”
The Delehanty dealership, first opened in 1947 by Edward Delehanty (John and Mike’s father), was a fixture in the Flushing business community for 73 years. The former General Motors dealership was originally located near the intersection of E. Main Street and Chamberlain Street, then transitioned to its E. Pierson Road site in 1974.
In 2009, the Delehantys acquired a Ford franchise and moved it to the Flushing location— officially renaming the dealership as Delehanty Ford.
Over the years, the Delehantys remained actively involved in the Flushing community, beginning with Edward Delehanty’s sponsorship of little league baseball and continuing with John and Mike Delehanty’s support for many local sports teams. Delehanty Ford also remained a major sponsor of the Flushing Summer Festival and the Flushing Candlewalk and provided vehicles for a variety of parades in downtown Flushing.
Delehanty Ford also partnered with Flushing Community Schools to provide vehicles for drivers training programs and sponsored an upgrade to the scoreboard inside the Flushing High School gym. More recently, the dealership and the Ford Motor Company raised thousands of dollars various departments at Flushing Community Schools through the “Drive One For Your School” program.