Former Dallas Mavericks basketball coach Avery Johnson has opened Avery Johnson North Texas Nissan, in partnership with auto sales veterans Keith Orr and Paul White.

The car dealership, located in Corinth near Dallas, is the first venture for the partnership and will be part of Texarkana-based Orr Auto Group, a third-generation company that owns 19 other car dealerships across northeast Texas.

Under its previous ownership, the dealership — then known as North Texas Nissan — consistently ranked among in the top 10 Nissan dealerships in the country.

The Orr Auto Group, with projected sales of $800 million for 2008, plans to open as many as 40 dealerships in the coming years.