The good news arrived — or rather didn’t arrive — Friday at Dale Willey Automotive in Lawrence.
The FedEx driver didn’t have a letter from General Motors addressed to Dale Willey, the GM dealership’s owner.
“We are going to continue being a GM dealer in Lawrence and Douglas County,” said Willey, relieved that his dealership wasn’t included among 1,124 nationwide notified Friday that GM intended to sever their dealership agreements. “That’s great news. … That’s outstanding news.”
Dale Willey sells Pontiac, GMC, Cadillac and Buick vehicles at 2840 Iowa. The dealership has 39 employees.
Lawrence’s other GM dealership, Crown Automotive — which sells and services Chevrolet vehicles — did receive a FedEx letter from GM. But it was not a termination letter, said Dale Backs, Crown’s general manager.
Instead, he said, the note simply informed Crown that the automaker had filed a restructuring plan with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and that the dealership should “please understand that our planning in this regard is not finalized.”
Backs took that as good news, considering that other dealerships were said to be receiving more detailed notices outlining the shortcomings that led to GM’s decision to drop them.
“We have a contract with GM through 2010, and we expect them to fulfill that contract,” Backs said. “We will continue to sell cars. … I think they’re leaving the door open for some good news, hopefully.”
Crown has 25 employees working in sales and service for Chevrolet. Crown’s Toyota business, with 60 employees, is unaffected by the GM moves.