Check Chevrolet Closes, 35 Lose Jobs

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

After more than 30 years in business, managers of Check Chevrolet in Barbourville say they were losing money trying to stay open.

Workers say the owner of Check Chevrolet did everything he could to keep the dealership open.

Manager Gean Justice says, "He had to look out here at 35 people that he knew what would happen if he had to let them go. So he kept this going for as long as he could."

Donna Hendrickson worked for the company for 20 years, Sam Wynn for 32. Now both are looking for a job somewhere else, in a time when they say work is hard to find.

"I don't know, it's just hard to get a job. I've talked to other people and there's nothing out there," says Wynn.

Manager Gene Justice says about 25 people were laid off during the past year as sales slowed. He says with General Motors' grim financial situation, no one is buying.

"The survey is done, it's been anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of people would not buy a product from a manufacturer that was filing bankruptcy," says Justice.

Now, 35 employees are without work at the start of the holiday season.

"It makes it even sadder, it makes it harder. we actually were told the day before Thanksgiving. It's just sad," says Wynn.

"It's sad, it's very depressing. But, you know, we'll make it!" says Hendrickson.

Justice expects to ship all the dealership's unsold cars back to General Motors. Gene Justice says the Check Motorcycle shop is still open, and right now there are no plans to close it.

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