MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula's Subaru dealership is now under new ownership.

The Spartan Auto Group just purchased the dealership from Eugene, Oregon-based Kendall Auto Group. The new ownership group is led by Don Jones of Ashland, Oregon.

Jones was in Missoula Wednesday to meet with employees. The dealership was closed all day, while the 33 employees went through orientation and training.

Jones says he expects to retain all 33 employees. In addition to this dealership, his company owns five other dealerships in California, Oregon, Washington, and the Ford dealership in Laurel, Montana.

According to Jones, he began talking with Kendall eight months ago about acquiring the dealership. He has a strong interest in Subarus since they are very popular in Missoula and his hometown of Ashland, Oregon.

Jones expects to be more competitive on pricing than previous owners of the dealership, resulting in higher volume. He adds that the dealership will be expanding in the near future per an agreement with Subaru of America.