Sewell begins life as a car dealership. And general store. And movie theater. And livery stable (Nobody is sure yet whether cars will catch on).
The Great Depression hits. The three banks in which Carl Sewell Sr. has cautiously placed his money all close on the same day. Rather than give up, he heads to the tiny town of Crane in the newly discovered West Texas oilfields. The move pays off - he starts a successful car business and meets his future wife, Louise.
Despite the nation's hard times, the Sewell business thrives in West Texas, thanks to Carl Sr.'s philosophy of service. But Dallas is calling and Carl and Louise decide to bring the Sewell way of serving customers back to the area where it all started.
Through the 40's and 50's, Sewell builds a loyal following with its existing dealerships. Then the Sewell Village Cadillac sign is installed at Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road. The dealership that defines service and the Marque that defines luxury are together at last.
On May 5, Carl Sewell Sr. dies - but not before selling a Cadillac earlier that day. His legacy of leadership passes to his cousin, John, and his son, Carl Sewell Jr. Carl Sr.'s principles of service live on. Customers become repeat customers. They send their friends. Soon, Sewell Village Cadillac is outgrowing its home.
Sewell is on the move, opening a Cadillac dealership in San Antonio and, in Dallas, heading for bigger quarters: 8.6 acres on Lemmon Avenue, across from Love Field. Sewell's unique brand of obsessive service remains consistent throughout. Customers love it.
By decade's end, a new luxury marque is born. Sewell is selected as one of North America's charter Lexus dealers. Dallas' first Lexus dealership opens on Lemmon Avenue, and north Texas streets and highways are filled with new cars bearing twin badges, "Lexus" and "Sewell."
Carl Sewell shares his service secrets and creates an international bestseller, Customers for Life. Carl's book sells over 1 Million copies and is still in print (and as an e-book) today.
The Sewell family welcomes three new additions: GMC, Pontiac and Oldsmobile. Lemmon Avenue has never looked better.
Sewell expands into Cowtown with the acquisition of Hillard Lexus in Fort Worth. Meanwhile, back in Dallas, Sewell acquires the Rodger Meier dealerships, bringing INFINITI and another Cadillac location into the family.
Sewell INFINITI, a member of the family since 1998, is ready for more room and a more prominent place at the corner of Lemmon and University in Dallas.
The Sewell service philosophy expands to Grapevine, Texas, with the opening of Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine near DFW International Airport.
Inspired service meets high-performance luxury in Houston. Sewell INFINITI of North Houston opens in a newly acquired showroom on I-45.
Sewell expands in Houston by acquiring Audi North Houston, bringing sophisticated service to a sophisticated brand. In Dallas, Sewell opens its first Subaru dealership at Lemmon and Lovers next to Love Field.
Sewell celebrates 100 years in business by unveiling its latest Cadillac dealership in West Houston.
An era of unprecedented growth begins with the opening of the first of four new stores. Sewell opens a second Houston-area Audi dealership southwest of Houston in Sugar Land and the first Sewell Mercedes-Benz dealership in the energy corridor in West Houston.
Sewell opens two new stores in Dallas-Fort Worth. The first Sewell BMW dealership opens in the growing community of Grapevine just west of DFW airport, and a new Audi dealership opens in McKinney by year's end.
In July of 2020, Sewell expands into Austin and acquires Jaguar Land Rover North Austin. Located at Highway 45 and Parmer Lane, the dealership had been newly constructed in February the same year.
In October 2021, Sewell brings their legacy of outstanding service to even more Dallas-Fort Worth area BMW owners through the acquisition of Classic BMW. With the acquisition, Sewell returns to Plano and serves MINI customers once again at MINI of Plano. Sewell BMW MINI of Plano is set on 24 acres at Dallas North Tollway and Spring Creek Parkway.