History

 

-1931- 

Joseph Reaume starts out with GM and opens Sunnyside Garage at 1820 Front Rd. in LaSalle selling Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Fridgidaire, then a General Motors' Company. Original 1931 building shown.

 

-1936- 

Joseph's son A.J. (Mine) Reaume and Louis Pajot (A.J.'s brother-in-law) take over the reins and continue to provide LaSalle and area residents with friendly, fair, and honest dealings on vehicles, fridges and Supertest gasoline.

 

-1944- 

A.J. buys out Louis and the name Sunnyside Garage is changed to A.J. Reaume Motor Sales & Service. A few years later, son Don joins the family business, after attending GMI in Flint, MI. In those days Don not only sold you a vehicle, but personally serviced it too.

 

-1977- 

Don's son Steve Reaume joins the business becoming it's 9th employee. Ed Jones (Steve's brother-in-law) and Steve proceed to grow and expand the business over the coming years. Supertest gas pumps are replaced with a better new vehicle display and some upgrades are completed to the building.

 

-1980- 

Don buys out A.J. and after quickly outgrowing the original building, begins the process to look for a new dealership location. 500 Front Road (Formerly Conklin Lumber/Discount Dave's) is chosen. Employees now number 16 and the name is changed to Reaume Chev/Olds.

 

-1998- 

Steve and Ed buy out Don and add on the current customer Drive-Thru along with other major renovations to better service the growing customer base. Number of staff grows to 27 and the name is changed to Reaume Jones Chev/Geo/Olds.

 

-2002- 

Steve is joined by his wife Gail and brother Rick and buy out Ed. This compliments sons Jeff and Craig and daughter Jenn who are already in the business. Staff continues to increase...now 32 and the name is changed again to Reaume Chev/Olds.

 

-2007- 

In 2006 the Reaume Family dealership and tradition celebrated its 75th year. To prepare for the next quarter century, another major facelift was completed in 2007. Employee count has grown to over 40 and with Oldsmobile gone, the name is now simply Reaume Chevrolet.

 

-2012- 

In 2012 there is now over 55 employees at the newly renovated and GM imaged Reaume Chev/Buick/GMC.

 

-2017- 

Where's Steve? In 2016 after 38 years, Steve retired...but you might see him around from time to time. In 2017, Jeff Reaume is now Dealer Principal working along side brother Craig, sister Jenn, and uncle Rick. Now over 70 employees are available to keep the Tradition of Trust going for years to come.

 

-2020- 

Two of the area's oldest and most respected Dealership families come together as the Lally Auto Group forms a partnership with the Reaume family. Steve, Rick and Jeff turn the page on the next chapter. Craig Reaume becomes Dealer Principal and Jenn Reaume is General Manager. Together with Adam and Vince Lally they look to continue the growth and success for generations.