Norman Frede Chevrolet marks 50th anniversary

January 2nd, 2019

Norman Frede, with shovel at center right, prepares to break ground on what will become the Chevrolet dealership at Feathercraft and Bay Area Boulevard in Clear Lake. This year the dealership is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Most everyone on the north side of Clear Lake drives by the Norman Frede Chevrolet dealership at the corner of Feathercraft Lane and Bay Area Boulevard at least once a twice a month. But very, very few can remember back when it opened in 1968, because most of us had not moved here back then.

This year the dealership has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a number of events. One came the other day when the Friendswood Chamber selected it as the Business of the Month with Chamber President Carol Marcantel and Vice President Lucy Woltz presenting the award to Norman Frede General Manager Joan McKinney, who said they were “proud to work and live in your community, earning the right to say we’re one of the most successful independent Chevrolet dealerships in Texas.

“We believe the reason we grew and prospered comes down to two words — loyalty and Integrity,” she continued. “Being family owned and operated gives us the freedom to make decisions to best serve the needs of our customers. In everything we do, we strive to prove how much we sincerely appreciate your business and deliver on our promises.

“As a result, families return to us generation after generation to buy their cars and trucks. When you purchase a vehicle at Norman Frede Chevrolet, we treat you like family. We believe buying a car should be so much more than a financial exchange. You can feel confident knowing you are buying the right vehicle for your needs.”

The dealership has more than 115 employees — many who have worked there for more than 15 years — living in the local communities and active in our school districts, local chambers and non-profit organizations.

An insightful business leader, Norman Frede, who started the business at a young age, will be quick to tell you he learned early in life the value of family and hard work.

Born and raised in LaGrange, Texas, where he excelled in sports and calf roping, he graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA and a Business Psychology degree. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for seven years, completing his service as a captain in the military police.

Frede says he learned early the value of family and hard work. “It goes back to that rural upbringing like closing gates, taking care of the animals, upbringing in stuff from the weather, taking care of fences, closing the door, and picking up manure. Animals and other things on farms and ranches require constant attention, and you learn to take care of those things.” This care, consistency, and thoughtfulness became the fundamentals for his business success, he will be quick to tell you.

He learned how to operate a dealership from the ground up, first as the son of an automobile dealer, then as a salesman before becoming a general manager. In 1968, he bought his first dealership in League City, and then, in 1970 he purchased the land for what would soon become Norman Frede Chevrolet in Clear Lake. Nearly 50 years later, the dealership is still family owned and operated — and one of the most successful independent Chevrolet dealerships in Texas.

Frede is married to Sheree. He has two daughters, Marijane and Suzanne, sons-in-law Barry and Trey, plus six grandchildren.

Best of the Bay Winners

May 1st, 2018

The Best of the Bay Awards were announced at a highly attended and anticipated ceremony at Water’s Edge Venue on March 22. The 2017 winners, voted by you, are:

Best Asian Cuisine: Merlion
Best Auto Repair: Space Center Auto
Best Bank: Allegiance Bank
Best Bartender: Sarah – Volcano Room
Best BBQ: Dickinson BBQ
Best Breakfast: Pelican Grill
Best Brunch: Sundance Grill II
Best Burger: Tookie’s
Best Cajun: Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
Best Car Dealer – domestic: Norman Frede Chevrolet
Best Car Dealer – foreign: Ron Carter Hyundai
Best Credit Union: JSC FCU
Best Café: Seabrook Classic Cafe
Best City to Live: League City
Best Contractor/Remodeler: Maverick Remodeling
Best Dentist: Tie – Dr. Farid Noie and Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Best Entertainment Spot – Jackie’s Brickhouse
Best Entertainment Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Best Family Restaurant: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Gift Shop: Spruce Flowers and Home
Best Hair Salon: Brazil N Drops
Best Hair Stylist: Bonnie Wolcott – Heist
Best Hospital: Houston Methodist St. John
Best Italian: Grazia Italian Kitchen
Best Local Entertainer: Tie – Mickey Hobbs and Claudio Sereni
Best Luxury Car: Ron Carter Cadillac
Best Margarita: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Marina: South Shore Harbour
Best Mexican: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Oysters: Gilhooley’s
Best Pizza: Dan’s Pizza Co.
Best Pub: Scotty’s Pub
Best Realtor: Kimberly Harding
Best Resale Shop: Assistance League of the Bay Area
Most Romantic Restaurant: Opus Bistro
Best Seafood: Topwater Grill
Best Steak: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Sushi: Michiru Sushi
Best Web Design: Big Splash Web Design
Best Wine Bar: Chelsea Wine Bar
Best Women’s Apparel: The Clotheshorse
Best Women’s Boutique: Back Bay Boutique
Best Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club