Grubbs Infiniti #1 In The Nation

When the Grubbs family opened the doors to our new location next to DFW Airport, we wanted our customers to feel pampered and relaxed while buying a car.  George Grubbs III and George Grubbs Junior were absolutely meticulous in designing how the dealership would run on a daily basis and how it would “feel” to each customer.  They emphasized an unforgettable experience where people could relax, eat lunch or a snack in a fully catered kitchen, enjoy comfortable retreats to catch up with friends or get work done.  Unique, contemporary art is found everywhere throughout the dealership, complimenting the artistic lines and sleek INFINITI vehicles that take center stage.   

George Grubbs III credits much of the success to bold new vehicles from INFINITI.   “The Q60 delivers innovative performance and design that excites our customers.  This is luxury within your grasp.  You’re driving the kind of vehicle that inspires Formula 1 engineers.”  The QX60 was also a popular choice for a luxury SUV. 

“As our bestselling SUV, the INFINITI QX60 was designed with safety and versatility as its highest priorities. With safety features including Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection available, the QX60 incorporates industry-leading safety technologies” said Randy Parker, VP, INFINITI of Americas.

This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support from INFINITI, our dedicated staff and our loyal customers who have trusted us with their business. 

“On behalf of everyone at Grubbs, I want to congratulate our team for what you do every single day including sales, service, body shop, administration, make-ready…everyone. We’re the number one INFINITI dealership in the nation for good reason,” said Wes Hays, General Manager.  “We tip our hats to our competitors because they gave us a good fight.  But when our team sets a goal, nothing can stop us.  We want to be the best at what we do and let every customer leave feeling like they just experienced the easiest, most relaxed way to buy a car.”

With the exceptional growth and sales in 2016, Grubbs INFINITI is poised to set even more records for 2017.  We’re proud of our #1 INFINITI Dealer in the USA designation!  More importantly, we’re committed to keeping it by providing an impeccable service, a vast selection and total transparency in what we do.

*Grubbs Infiniti is number one in new car sales for CY2016

For more information, visit  www.GrubbsInfiniti.com

Neiman Marcus Limited Edition INFINITI Q60 announced in annual Christmas Book

Today, Neiman Marcus announced the inclusion of the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition in the luxury retailer’s annual Christmas Book. Named this year’s Fantasy Gift, only 50 of this exclusive Q60 model will be offered.  The Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition will go on sale beginning November 2, 2016 and is priced at $63,000.

Based on the Red Sport 400 version of the all-new 2017 INFINITI Q60, this 400-horsepower coupe is equipped with a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine and is painted a striking Solar Mica hue. The Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 offers Direct Adaptive Steering™, Dynamic Digital Suspension, Bose® Performance Series premium audio system and INFINITI InTouch™ infotainment system. This special edition Q60 also features genuine carbon fiber accents on the fender vents, fog-light finishers, mirror caps and rear spoiler.  The interior is equipped with Gallery White leather-appointed sports seats and Silver Optic Fiber Interior Trim.

This fantasy gift, which can be found on page 128 of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, will retail for $63,000. The whole package includes an exclusive ivory leather weekender bag, a plaque with the car’s VIN number, Neiman Marcus-branded indoor car cover and letter of authenticity.

“The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is an iconic part of the holiday season for luxury brands,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director, Marketing Communications and Media at INFINITI Americas. “We were very excited for this exclusive Q60 to be the Fantasy Gift and worked closely with Neiman Marcus to bring it to life.”

Additionally, with the purchase of each INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition, INFINITI will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Interested shoppers can reserve this vehicle by calling 844-367-6971, beginning at noon EDT on November 2, 2016.

The all-new 2017 INFINITI Q60 sports coupe, which hit INFINITI retailers nationwide last month, is offered in a range of grade levels, including all-new advanced turbocharged engines and rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. It also features adaptable chassis technologies, including the second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering and all-new Dynamic Digital Suspension that enhance steering feel and provide a more secure ride.

On The Road With Grubbs Infiniti – Buc-ee’s

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Have you ever tried a “Beaver Nugget”?  Don’t flinch, it’s delicious and it’s only found at Buc-ee’s, a Texas tradition for any road trip.  Founded in 1982 by Don Wasek and Arch “Beaver” Aplin III… hence the beaver mascot… Buc-ee’s has 37 locations all in the Lone Star State.
I’ve been a fan since my first visit, wandering the aisles with a dazed look on my face, trying to comprehend the vastness of the Buc-ee’s food and snack choices.  I’m not alone. 

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Priya Krishna from Bon Appetit Magazine wrote, “Ask any Texas chef about the one must-stop spot on a road trip, and the response won’t involve an obscure taco stand or a legendary barbecue joint.  Most likely, you’ll be pointed to Buc-ee’s.” 

How do you find one?  Well, the plethora of billboards leading up to one from miles away would be your first clue.  But that beaver head held up on a giant pole, lit up for everyone to see is what should encourage you to turn the wheel of your Infiniti into the parking lot and go inside.

Listen to me:  pace yourself.  Don’t fall prey to jamming a couple of Beaver Nuggets bags (caramel-coated corn snacks) and jerky into your basket and heading for the door. Because you’ll miss the handmade fudge that comes in so many flavors you might get dizzy trying to make the best selection. Want a fresh kolache? I like the raspberry with creme cheese.  How about a brisket sandwich?  They’re delicious.  Guzzle down sweet tea?  Don’t mind if I do!  And, just when you feel a little uncomfortable, head for the cleanest award-winning restrooms on the road.  Seriously, they have commercials that focus on those restrooms.

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I have filled the back seat of my QX60 with bags of jerky.  Keep in mind that I had no idea that Elk jerky existed before I went to Buc-ee’s.  Now, I know it’s amazing.  Pecan Logs, the “Fudge of the Month” as well as Beaver Bites have provided miles of snack happiness for myself and my kids.  My wife does her best to ignore this fixation and I’m 100% that she hides the junk-food treasures I bring home as soon as she’s able.  That’s all right because I’ve managed to bring home the mugs and cups bearing that Beaver face and even a pin.  And, don’t get me started on the crazy Texas decorations and clothing that range from scorpion paper weights to slippers emblazoned with Texas Longhorns.

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“Even if I don’t need to stop, I find myself wanting to stop at Buc-ee’s,” Texan chef Tim Love told Bon Appétit. “When a new Buc-ee’s opens, it’s like a new roller-coaster ride. You just want to go in and see it. You don’t want to be left out.”

Truth be told, I’m happy to support an organization that treats their employees so well.  Buc-ee’s version of the minimum wage: cashiers, $12 to $14 an hour; food-service and car-wash help, $13 to $15 an hour; team leaders, $14 to $17 an hour; assistant, $17 an hour and up. Each job came with three weeks paid time off each year, which employees are welcome to use, roll over, or exchange for cash. If you want 40 hours a week, there’s 40 hours a week to be had; if you want more than 40 hours a week, that can happen, too.  That’s an organization that understands that when you treat people fairly and truly value their time and expertise… you’ll have the best team.

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At Grubbs Infiniti, we respect that ideal and do the same.  We may not sell Beaver Nuggets, but we have created a wonderful environment that puts people at ease and makes them feel welcome and at home.  Our cafe is stocked with snacks and catered lunches, comfortable areas to enjoy the free wi-fi and catch up on work or a good book.  And, of course, our amazing team always puts the customer first in everything we do and we value each and every person who is part of the Grubbs family.  Many of the Grubbs Infiniti staff members have been with my family for 10-15 years and I know that many of them look for that Buc-ee’s sign when they’re on the road.  That’s because we’re real Texans and we love things that are big, bold and fun.  So come let us put you behind the wheel of an Infiniti and then plan your next adventure.  Just make sure you leave some time for Bucc-ee’s. 

See you on the road.

George Grubbs III

Old Glory

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Growing up, I always enjoyed taking history classes, especially anything that had to do with America.  I truly admired the brave pioneers who battled harsh environments to settle this land and I loved reading about the men and women who defended their liberty and freedom.  That’s why I want to share with you the rich history of the American flag and why it’s important to honor “Old Glory” on Flag Day. 

The story of how “Old Glory” dates all the way back to March 17, 1824.  William Driver was celebrating his 21st birthday and was  a sea captain from Salem, Massachusetts.  On that day, his mother presented him with a brand new beautiful American flag to accompany him on his journeys. Driver was thrilled and immediately named the flag “Old Glory.”

From then on, Old Glory joined Driver on every sea voyage until he quit sailing in 1837 and traded in his sea legs for a permanent home in Nashville. He continued to display this flag from his home on patriotic holidays.

However, when Tennessee broke off from the Union in 1861, the Captain hid Old Glory by sewing her inside his comforter. On the day when Union soldiers entered Nashville, Old Glory emerged once again.  Driver proudly carried his flag to the capitol and raised Old Glory to the blue sky.

Before his death, William passed the flag on to his daughter and said, “Mary Jane, this is my ship’s flag, Old Glory. It has been my constant companion. I love it as a mother loves her child. Cherish it as I have cherished it.” The precious heirloom flag remained in the Driver family until 1922 when they donated it to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. where is currently rests preserved behind glass.

So let’s celebrate our nation, “Old Glory” and the 13 stripes and 50 stars that proudly represent what’s best and brightest about America.

George Grubbs III

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Day Tripping: Time for Fun

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It’s weird how fast winter flew by here in North Texas this year.  I’m pretty sure it was a few weeks of sweaters and coats and then everybody switched back to shorts and t-shirts.  You gotta admit, we do enjoy some spectacular weather here in Dallas/Ft Worth.

Which brings me to my point: you don’t have to leave to take a vacation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel and I’ve promised myself that I will hike to the top of Machu Picchu and visit the Great Pyramids before it’s all said and done.  But taking my kids to Grapevine’s Great Wolf Lodge is easy, fun and doesn’t require a plane ticket. 

Have you been to Addison’s Cavanaugh Flight Museum?  It’s got an amazing collection of 58 restored airplanes from World War I to the Vietnam era.  Grab lunch at J’s Breakfast and Burgers, a great local place, and you’ve got another adventure under your belt that’s unique and affordable. 

Or, load up the Infiniti with a tent, sleeping bags and a cooler full of cheese whiz and crackers and head for Wills Point and the beautiful Lake Tawakoni State Park.  It’s a lot closer to DFW than you think and feels like a world away.  Go fishing, do a little hiking and basically reconnect with your family and friends. 

One of my kid’s favorite spots is in Glen Rose and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  The drive-thru exotic animal park is spectacular and they offer lodge and safari camp for kids.  Glen Rose has so much fantastic local restaurants and shops that you’ll easily let a weekend slip by and return to work feeling relaxed and refreshed.

All in all, North Texas is it’s own vacation destination and I hope you and your family will do a little exploring on your own.  For now, the Great Pyramids will have to wait.  There’s a fish in Lake Tawakoni with my name on it.

See you on the road.

George Grubbs III

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On the Road with Grubbs Infiniti: New Orleans, Louisiana

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On the road again with Grubbs Infiniti!    Our destination: New Orleans, Louisiana and we brought a spacious QX80 along for the fun.  “The Big Easy” is 506 miles from DFW and inside the luxury interior of the QX80, the 7 hour trip flew by with lively conversation and undeniable comfort.

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Stopping for lunch in lovely Natchitoches, we enjoyed a meal overlooking the river at Maglieaux’s on the Cane.  It’s the same town that hosted Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and other stars of “Steel Magnolias” while they filmed.  It’s a great spot to take a break and enjoy the scenery.

This quaint southern town was home for the cast and crew of the famous movie during filming and for many months, the people of Natchitoches played host to some of Hollywood’s finest.  We enjoyed the fresh seafood (get the shrimp and corn bisque) and thought the QX80 looked very nice in the square.

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Grubbs Infiniti Louis Armstrong TremeCrossing over the long bridges, we made it to NOLA and took a moment to tip our hats to the late/great Louis Armstrong and the amazing legacy he leaves in New Orleans.  There’s no doubt New Orleans is a music town and it’s considered by many to be the real birthplace of Jazz.  We came prepped by utilizing Infiniti’s InTouch system and streamed our favorite songs via Bluetooth technology over our Bose speakers completely hands free.  #Convenience!

Food is a great reason to visit Louisiana’s largest city and we made sure to make a stop at Willie Mae’s Scotch House.  It’s been serving some of NOLA’s best fried-chicken and soul food since 1957 in the heart of Treme.  Sitting down to a plate of the world-famous fried chicken, you’ll understand why this restaurant is a James Beard Award winner.  Totally worth the calories!

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Grubbs Infiniti Cafe Du MondeContinuing our food tour, no trip to New Orleans is complete without some coffee and beignets.  In 1862, the Cafe Du Monde opened in the New Orleans French Market serving dark roasted coffee with chicory and hot beignets.  They’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we did our best to brush all the powdered sugar off our hands before jumping back into the QX80.

The Big Easy is a city where historic sites cozy up to modern buildings.  New Orleans features a blend of French and Spanish creole architecture and one of our favorites was a colorful shotgun house in the French Quarter.  Decked out in colorful Mardi Gras colors, this bit of history contrasted nicely to the modern lines of the QX80.

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Grubbs Infiniti BalconyNew Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles which reflect the city’s historical roots and multicultural heritage.  During a visit, you might hear people talk about the balconies and galleries of NOLA.  Here’s the difference:  A BALCONY is a narrow platform projecting outwards from the wall of a building and is unsupported by posts or columns reaching to the ground.

A GALLERY is wider than a balcony and are supported by posts or columns reaching to the ground. Pedestrians caught in a New Orleans downpour can appreciate the wide overhang of French Quarter galleries!

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New Orleans has the reputation of being one of the most haunted cities in America. So we took the QX80 to have a look at the Hotel Provincial.  Some of the buildings that make up the hotel were used as hospitals during the Civil War and guests have reported strange moans and visions of doctors and men in Civil War uniforms walking the halls.  Boo!

One of our favorite places to visit for a special meal is Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.  Built in 1880, this legendary restaurant offers true Louisiana charm and creole dining.  Lunch time fans rave about their 25 Cent Martinis and Turtle Soup.  We made room for Lally’s Praline Parfait (a must have).  Thankfully, the QX80 features a 2nd row with tilting seats so a nap was enjoyed on the way back to the hotel.

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The Garden District is really the best place to enjoy Mardi Gras (the big floats can’t fit in the French Quarter) and we saw many trees still decked out with the beads that are thrown for the big celebration.  We thought the QX80 looked right at home in front of one of the area’s more beautiful old houses.

As always, it’s good to come home to Texas and Grubbs Infiniti.  New Orleans is an amazing city filled with music, food and fun.  It’s an easy trip in an Infiniti and one we highly recommend!  So go grab a po-boy (get it “dressed”) and Jambalaya and relax and go with the flow.  After all, it’s the Big Easy and you’re sure to make some new “Whodi’s”.

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