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Local GM, Chrysler dealerships spared
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Rockdale’s GM and Chrysler dealerships are safe from the chopping block, unlike many dealerships across the country that recently learned their franchise agreements would not be renewed.

GM said it notified 1,100 U.S. dealers on Friday that their franchise agreements will not be renewed.

Lou Sobh Buick Pontiac had not heard anything as of Friday. John Miles Chevrolet owner Kim Miles also said that their dealership had not received one of those letters.

"I want our loyal customers to know how much we appreciate them and that we truly never felt like we’d be among the dealers that would [be cut]," she said. She explained that the dealership had managed to outsell their objectives.

"I hope to be here a long time and feel very fortunate that we are a GM dealer." She said she felt for the GM higher ups and the tough decisions they had to make.

Town & Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep owner Steve Harris echoed those sentiments. Chrysler notified 789 of its roughly 3,200 dealers on Thursday whether or not they would have their  franchise agreements renewed.

Harris said he was elated when he received a letter saying that Chrysler would be renewing the franchise agreement.

"I did not know what to expect," he said. "I did not know what the criteria was that they were using to determine which dealers they were going to keep and what dealers they were not going to keep."

"We’ve been here a long time and we have a lot of wonderful customers... We love being part of the community here and we’ve been part of the community for a long, long time."


The Associated Press contributed to this article.