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48 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Lee F. Slaughter opens at new Route I site in Rehoboth By Bridin Reynolds Hughes The new location of Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars exceeds the expectations of even owner Mark Slaughter, a man who appreciates the finest of details. Slaughter, who took the wheel of his father's business in 1975, was recently forced to relocate his exclusive dealership but said the dramatical- ly renovated Route 1 site already feels like home. Old cobblestone sets the show- room apart, and a charming two story cedar beach cottage houses the office. "It is very old Re- hoboth. It is far nicer than I ever imagined, even after working closely on the plans. It literally jumped off the page," said Slaughter. The fine car business, which had become an integral part of downtown Rehoboth, is now lo- cated at the State Road split of Route 1, adjacent to the Rehoboth Elementary School. "I don't feel like we really left the downtown Rehoboth clientele. They are still walking and biking here. We are right on top of downtown Rehoboth," he said. Slaughter had nearly given up on achieving that result last year, when he learned the Marsh prop- erty he had leased.for seven years was being sold. Just after fire rav- aged the Rehoboth Avenue dealer- ship in November 2001, Slaughter set about rebuilding and had a $2.5 million bid in on purchasing the property he thought had been accepted. He was later stunned to find out it had been purchased by developers at a higher price. "It would have been nice to at least get a phone call. I guess sometimes greed steps in," he said. However, the result of Slaugh- ter's search for a new site leaves him fairly quick to dismiss that disappointment. After months of canvassing highway locations, he and his wife Brooke had nearly resigned themselves to c!6.Srig the dealership if they couldn't stay close to Rehoboth. "That is a hard thing to say about a 50-year- old family business," he said. Then a "For Sale" sign was posted on the old Percy Burton gas station, operated as a Shell Station in recent years. "I saw it on the way to work and I couldn't believe it. The best things in life really do come when you are not looking for them" said Slaughter. He soon found out local real es- tate agents Ken Simpler and Butch Emmert had a sales con- tract to buy the half-acre commer- cial property. "They were about ,. For adll tim Iron k] i !v:) 20 minutes ahead of me," he said, "but when they learned what we were up against suddenly losing our Rehoboth Avenue site, they agreed to give up their option. It was very kind and gracious" The 60-car capacity dealership settled into its new home Aug. 2. The immediate success now has Slaughter keeping his eyes only on the road ahead. "We seem to have kept our Rehoboth clientele and have picked up those coming from Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City. They are slam- ming on their brakes and pulling in. It is a great reaction" he said. Like his father before him, Slaughter seeks out garage-kept, one-owner, low-mileage vehicles with original paintwork and full- service histories. Current eye-catchers on the lot include a half dozen Mercedes Benz convertibles, a Rolls Royce convertible and a 1958 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. For more information call 227- 2100 or visit www.leeslaughter- cars.com. Erik Sumption photo Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars opened its new location, Aug. 2, in the former Shell station on Route 1 near the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal bridge. [scape to the Keys Discover the Keys of Marsh Harbor, a spectacular new beach community of single and twin homes. Inspired by the homes of Key West, the twin and single homes at the Keys of Marsh Harbor combine the warmth and excitement of the Florida Keys with the most up-to-date features of modern home design. The spacious interiors are bright and airy, creating the perfect enclave for entertaining friends or just relaxing on your day off. The inviting exteriors are maintenance-free. And the value is unsurpassed. Select from three- and four-bedroom mlels with prices starting in the $300s. For more information on this grooM-floor opportunity, call Joe Mkgio or Bill Shields at 302-227-6661. Minutes front the beach! Take Highway One to Country Club Dr. (at Exxon Gas Station). Our sales center will be on the left at Shuttle Rd. Aworld J own! With its alluring combination of beautifully land- scaped grounds, calming ponds and attractive home designs, you will feel as if you've escaped to a serene tropical-island resort. Select from three twin home designs with two to four bedrooms and dramatic entrance foyers. Each offers an abundance of premium amenities. Minutes from the beach! For taformatioa, please all Antho7 Kulp 302-226-'/535. Visit our Ptdm8 of Rehobath Salts CmteF at II05 Ptdm Drive. Located Just off Route l, l/2-mile north of the mtrmce to Rehobe4h Besch. Prices starting in the mid $200s Building trust for over a half century. Sussex Count ,li -- LAND Participating member ..