Sandy Sansing, owner of Sandy Sansing Dealerships, has announced the addition of a MINI dealership to his automotive product line-up during a news conference last week.

>There are about 1,500 MINI Coopers registered in the Pensacola area, but the nearest dealerships are in Jacksonville and Baton Rouge, La., said Peter Suomala, BMW marketing manager for North America.

>”There’s an indication that there are people here who might consider a MINI but don’t want to buy one because there’s no servicing nearby,” Suomala said.

>Sansing said ground will be broken within the next month on the 5,000-square-foot MINI dealership, which will be next to the BMW building at 186 W. Airport Blvd.

This is great news for those of you on the Gulf Central coast of Florida. Thanks to Rodney for sending this in!

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