Tough times for local car dealers

November 17, 2008 1:05:20 PM PST
The Boyette Auto Mall in Roxboro has seen business dry up over the past month and has announced its closure.Tuesday the dealership will close leaving dozens of employees out of work.

The closure is a sign of another casualty in a bumpy economy. Marcia O'Neal with the city's chamber of commerce says these are trying times for everyone.

"We really feel badly about the Boyette ? our hearts go out to all the people that are losing their jobs, it's awful," O'Neil said.

Sluggish sales and a bleak economic outlook have forced the longstanding dealer to call it quits, leaving dozens of employees out of work.

With one of Roxboro's largest auto dealers out of business, there's concern for other businesses in town, especially those that were already struggling.

"We're seeing a lot of businesses that are hanging on and it's tough everywhere, Roxboro is a very resilient town," O'Neil said.

But its survival depends of loyal customers. O'Neil says spending local may be the only way to keep store fronts like the Boyette Auto Mall from shutting down.

"I think it's important for people to think about supporting the local business a lot of people drive out of the area, but six months from now some of these businesses may not be here," she said.


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