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Building a Legacy

Rydell Chevrolet was founded by Leonard Rydell (1913-2000) who started in the car business in the 1940’s in Montgomery, Minnesota. In 1954, at Chevrolet’s request, he moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota to operate the Chevrolet dealership. Leonard had many strongly held business and personal philosophies that served him well. These philosophies, known as “Leonardism’s”, help guide our group through our daily business and personal decisions.

In 1976, Leonard sold the business to his son, Wes. Under Wes’ direction, Rydell Chevrolet converted to the one price, no hassle, no haggle pricing policy that is followed today. In subsequent years, Rydell Chevrolet added Cadillac, Oldsmobile, GMC, Pontiac and Buick franchises to their lineup in Grand Forks. On March 12, 1990 the Rydell family built the Rydell Honda and Nissan Dealership in Grand Forks and in 2005, Rydell added the Saturn brand to our model lineup in Grand Forks. Over the years some industry brands have come and gone.

In 1980, Leonard and Wes helped one of their managers purchase a dealership in Mandan, North Dakota. Their goal was to help that manager to eventually own the dealership outright. The plan worked and Leonard and Wes have repeated the process with many other managers since then. The Rydell Group has now grown to over 83 dealerships in 17 states and continues to grow to this day. Todays brands in the Rydell group across the states include Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Subrau, KIA, Toyota, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

How We Care For Our Team

“I enjoy working at Rydell because of my great coworkers, great pay and benefits. Opportunity for advancement is only limited by your own ambition”

Dennis, GM Service Department
Rydell Team Member Since 2007

“Rydell is all about being a family, serving the community, and truly caring about the success of their employees.”

Emilee, Customer Care Service Department
Rydell Team Member Since 2013

“I love working at Rydell! I’m able to go to work knowing that I’ll be working for a company that cares about its people and community.””

Casper, GM Sales Consultant
Rydell Team Member Since 2020

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