Republic Learns Cars Ain't Videos

It's retooling its Blockbuster strategy at AutoNation

Wayne Huizenga has gotten a lot of mileage out of comparing his AutoNation USA used-car superstores to Blockbuster Entertainment Group video stores. By consolidating a fragmented industry and focusing on customer service, he vowed Republic Industries Inc. would revamp automotive retailing just as Blockbuster redefined movie rentals under his leadership. "It's not that much different when you are selling cars," he told an audience of auto dealers and industry executives recently.

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