Friday, February 27, 2009
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE A month after the president of the Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC auto dealership on Westport’s Post Road East denied the business was closing, today he said it was indeed shutting down.
Jim Curran: “It saddens me to say we will be closing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“It saddens me to say that after 40 plus years in Westport, we will be closing today,” Jim Curran said in an e-mail message to WestportNow. “We are actively pursuing another automotive franchise to replace our GM store, but as of right now nothing yet.”
WestportNow carried a story on Jan. 25 quoting the Curran Cadillac sales manager as saying that the dealership, which has been in operation at 561 Post Road East since 1964, would be closing its doors at the end of January due to the difficult economic times. (See WestportNow Jan. 25, 2009)
But Curran subsequently sent an e-mail message to WestportNow saying: “Curran Cadillac is not closing. We are laying off additional employees by the end of this month, but we will be open for service and sales.” (See WestportNow Jan. 26, 2009)
In a telephone interview, Curran said, “We were hoping to survive. That’s why we cut our workforce in half. We wanted to stay in business.”
He added, “No one was coming in to purchase vehicles.”
Curran said last month that the dealership had 15 employees.
The dealership executive recalled the many local community causes his business had supported over the years.
“We spent a ton of money in support of the community,” Curran said, quickly running through a list of charities and nonprofits.
He said even as he was making plans to close the business, the dealership was actively supporting a children’s cancer cause.
“Hopefully, something good will come out of this,” said Curran, who lives in Westport and whose four children attend the town’s schools.
In today’s e-mail message, Curran said: “The Curran family wishes to thank all of its customers over the years for their support.
“Current GMC and Pontiac customer can call 1- 800-462-8782 and current Cadillac customers can call 1-800-882-1112 for emergency roadside assistance. For all other inquiries please log on to www.gm.com.”
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So Jim’s sales manager wasn’t lying about closing the doors. Plus the strung along some of the employees., But remarkably they have the resources to pursue another manufacturer.
Typical of a dealer principle to not tell the truth. I feel bad for the line techs, parts people, and other folks put out on the street after the public assurances of the owners that they would remain in business.
And they wonder why car dealers get a bad name.
(a note of irony is that the “captcha” phrase is “dead24”)