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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  • by chevy man08 Location: east tenn on Jan 19, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    i was sorry to here this great dealership and great people running it..people do want to be able to service their cars where they buy them.the problem is they do not want you to make in money when you sell it to them and do all the service under warranty or free of charge..and is not just gm dealers even the mighty toyota was off 38% for the year.real shame is that as we get less and less new car dealers the customers will be the ones that will pay the price in the long run,higher cost of buying and keeping vehicles serviced(will not have any choice less places to take them).everyone should try harder to support all their local business not just the auto goes along way.
  • by JUST-ME Location: MOUNTAINS on Nov 29, 2008 at 07:37 PM
    #9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. Be careful where you tread and what you spread. May GOD continue to bless us all.
  • by Chevyman Location: Barbourville on Nov 29, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Loyal GM Man, you have no idea what dealer's are going through. Check was the 2nd rated store in sales through out eastern KY and Lexington. Bill Heard Chevrolet went under a couple months ago, they were the largest Chevy dealer in the world, with 14 locations. It comes down to where they want to draw the line, how much do they lose before they say enough. You are just seeing the beginning of the end, however, this time next year, remember I told you so. Time will tell. Also Bill, you are 1/2 right too, the UAW have added to the demise, but if you think there is 50% mark up in a new GM vehicle, you are WRONG. And to make matters worse the public is prevy to the dealer's cost, please Mr Business Man, tell be your net cost on this house before I buy it, and while you're at it tell me the net cost on that diamond ring, large screen tv, washer and dryer, etc. And then let me offer you $1000.00 below your cost for it, by the way I have a trade-in,I owe $12k on, but no one will give me $8K
  • by former customer Location: harlan on Nov 29, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    I bought my vehicle down there last year and I was shocked to hear they closed. People like taking their vehicles back to where they purchased them to have them serviced; Not many GM dealers close by, they are getting fewer and fewer. I am nervous about the future of GM.
  • by Bill on Nov 29, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    Thus is what happens when you sell 10,000 dollars cars and trucks for 25.000 dollars.When auto workers are being paid 72 bucks an hr.When you pay laid off or retired workers 31.bucks an hr. not to work.And they wonder why.
  • by Loyal GM man Location: Mountains on Nov 28, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    Don't blame GM, plenty of Chevrolet dealerships are weathering the storm. These guys should have treated their customers better, lots of bad stories came out of that place. Great products, not enough great people. A shame for sure.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Nov 28, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    God bless you all and may you find a good job soon.


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