Asbury Autogroup, today, acquired two dealerships and five franchises in the Jackson, MS market and will add a ninth regional platform to its national organization, which is based in Stamford, CT.

The dealerships are Gray-Daniels Ford and Metro Mazda-Hyndai-Suzuki-Isuzu. Dealers Bobby Gray, Noel Daniels and Steven Inzinna will join Asbury’s senior management group.

The move allows Asbury to link these operations with the Mark Escude dealerships in the Jackson area in a new platform. The five Escude stores (Daewoo, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi) had been part of Asbury Automotive Arkansas.

“We believe Asbury’s dedication to improving the efficiencies in the automotive retail sector will enable us to take advantage of the great potential in this dynamic (Jackson) market,” says Brian Kendrick, Asbury Autogroup’s CEO.