As of June 3, Apple Ford has made a home in Danville.
New owners Darryl and Nancy Huften, who will continue to maintain their ownership of Apple Ford in Lynchburg, plan to retain the original Danville sales and service team and expand their market to the southern Virginia region.
Darryl Huften will serve as the Danville dealer, while his wife, Nancy, will be the Lynchburg dealer.
The Huftens said, “We are thrilled to lay roots in Danville and continue the family-owned legacy established by the Barkhouser family. While the name is changing to Apple Ford, the familiar faces that made this business what it was for decades will remain.”
Former owner, James Barkhouser, son of original owner and founder, Richard Barkhouser, said, “Barkhouser Ford Lincoln has been a huge part of our family for three generations. While it’s sad to see this legacy end, we’re excited to know Darryl and Nancy are taking over eager to breathe new life into the Ford franchise in Danville. Kristina and I wish them all the best and thank our loyal employees and customers who made Barkhouser the success that it was for 63 years."
Benjy Powell, General Manager, has a 28-year history with Barkhouser Ford, and will continue as Apple Ford’s GM.
“This couldn’t be a better union because both stores have many similarities – one owner, one dealership, strong sense of community," Powell said.
Sales team members Curtis Turner and Danny Jones, look forward to the new equipment and technology upgrades that are in the works that will integrate the Lynchburg and Danville locations. According to Jones, this is a “win-win” and a “match made in heaven" for the sales team because of the additional access to inventory with the two locations within an hour of each other.
Turner, a 50-year Ford sales veteran who has sold cars to loyal customers across multiple generations of families described this transition as a plus for the team and clientele.
“The new owners are fantastic people, and they have already made positive changes such as fixing up the shop and upgrading our phones and computer system," he said.
Darryl Huften said, “We’ve made several upgrades since we arrived last week and are excited to offer our customers even more amenities as we settle into Danville in the coming months.”