Banister Nissan Celebrates Second Location

Photo courtesy: Kimberly Wimbish

New year, new car? Banister Automotive is having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 12 at noon to celebrate the opening of Banister Nissan in Chesapeake.

They recently opened their Norfolk location on Dec. 22 with a celebration that included many public figures, including the Norfolk mayor.

Spokesperson for the event, Kimberly Wimbish, says Dan Banister has been in the car business for over 20 years.

Banister went from being a salesperson at a car dealership to an owner of his own franchise.

He currently has over 168 employees, serves on 11 different boards throughout the community and owns two of the 22 total African-American owned Nissan dealerships nationwide, according to Wimbish.

Banister has donated new cars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and helped them raised over $1.5 million dollars in the past year, Wimbish said.