"In addition, as suburbs grew and the modern interstate system continued to evolve, longstanding dealerships no longer were in the best or growing locations," the company said in its filing. "Many rural locations also served a diminishing population of potential consumers. Some dealership facilities became outdated. Other locations faced declining traffic count and declining populations" [Tom Krisher and Dan Strumpf, "Chrysler Moves to Eliminate 789 of 3200 Dealers," AP via Yahoo News, 2009.05.14].
Rural locations—uh oh, that's us! Huffington Post gets the list. Here's who's on the chopping block in South Dakota:
- Biegler's Inc., Aberdeen
- Terry Schulte's Flandreau Motors, Flandreau
- Jim Sieg's Hills Edge Auto Sales, Hot Springs
- Larry Patnoe's Liberty Motors, Rapid City
- Barbee Kranz's Palace Motors, Mitchell
- Don Schoenhard's S. J. Marnance, Inc., Huron
- Todd Jensen's Spearfish Motors, Spearfish.
For comparison: Chrysler wants to close 8 dealers in North Dakota, 19 in Minnesota (including Scholtes Motors in Worthington, in business since 1932), 22 in Iowa, 8 in Nebraska.
Update 2009.05.15 09:00 CDT: GM will announce the closing of 1,100 dealerships today, part of a plan to cut over 2,600 dealers by next year. GM plans to notify dealers directly and leave it to the dealers to decide how to announce the news themselves.