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Posted on 08/06/2009 8:21:32 AM PDT by mom4melody
Marhofer closing in Stow is a "shock' Owner: Dealership having "exceptional' year in vehicle sales
By Mike Lesko
Stow Sentry Associate Editor
STOW Ron Marhofer could not believe his eyes.
I read it two or three times. I was shocked and surprised, he said Wednesday, after being informed in a letter by General Motors that Marhofer Chevrolet in Stow would lose its Chevrolet franchise next year.
Marhofer said the letter is confidential, but it said GM would not renew his franchise agreement as of October 2010.
The company has been in business in Stow since 1933 and is Summit Countys oldest Chevrolet dealer.
This is very emotional for me, Marhofer said. We have other dealerships, but this one was having an exceptional year.
He said another 20 or so 2010 models are expected to arrive, probably in the next few weeks, because they were previously ordered.
After that, no more new cars will be arriving at the dealership at 3423 Darrow Road, Stow.
Marhofer Chevrolet employs about 80 full- and part-time workers.
Marhofer said he informed his employees a couple weeks ago.
They were surprised, he said. Were like a family with a lot of long-term employees.
Stow Mayor Karen Fritschel said it is a very difficult time for Marhofer particularly because he cares so much for his employees. He told me that over and over again.
She called the decision by GM very disheartening.
Why would you close that dealership? Fritschel said. It is doing so well. It doesnt make any sense.
Marhofer asked that question to General Motors officials.
The answer I was given was, We cant tell you, he said.
Fritschel described Marhofer as a great supporter of the city.
He contributes to many community and charity events, she said. He does it quietly. It would be a real loss not to have him a part of the city.
Visitors at the dealership can sign petitions voicing their displeasure. Also, Marhofer is urging people to contact government officials or the president of General Motors.
Marhofer hopes to get a helping hand from legislation by U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, of Bainbridge Township.
LaTourettes amendment to the annual Financial Services spending bill would force GM and Chrysler to restore dealer franchises.
The bill including the amendment was approved July 16 by the U.S. House of Representatives, said Deborah Setliff, of LaTourettes office.
Setliff said Wednesday that the bill is awaiting consideration by the U.S. Senate, which will not act on it until after the August recess. She said letters will be sent out soon by members of Congress asking Senators to support the bill.
In case that help does not materialize, Marhofer said he is considering what to do with the Stow location.
Im hoping that Ron Marhofer will be able to find another use for that land so he can stay in the city in some capacity, Fritschel said.
In the last two years, Marhofer said his was the highest-selling Chevrolet dealership in Summit County.
He said new-car sales are up 57 percent so far in 2009, while the market nationwide is down more than 40 percent.
Marhofer is president of the Ron Marhofer Auto Family, which includes a used-car auto mall in Akron, a Lincoln-Mercury and Mitsubishi dealership in Cuyahoga Falls, two Hyundai dealerships in Cuyahoga Falls and Green, and two Saturn dealerships in Belden Village and Chapel Hill.
Marhofer said the Stow dealership was opened by his uncle, Chester Chet Marhofer, in 1919.
Marhofers father, John Jack Marhofer, took over in the 1920s.
Ron Marhofer has been the owner since 1975.
Marhofer was asked what his next step is.
Were open for business, he said. We have plenty of cars to sell and a busy service department.
And were exploring other options when were no longer a Chevrolet dealer, he added.
He declined to say what those options are.
MARHOFER, RON MR STOW, OH 44224 RON MARHOFER CHEVROLET REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - CONTRIBUTIONS (AKA REPUBLICAN NATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE (R) $500
(and this is a donation from 1988)
I’m trying to figure out why the heck they closed a lot of these dealers before their clunker plan went into effect.
“we can’t tell you”.
So much for transparency.
Now he knows why.
Well, that explains it.
I wonder how many of his employees voted for Obama. I wonder if they will do it again.
Are all the closed dealerships Republican donors?
I think the next election is going to see a level of vote buying never before seen in history
And more repuiblican owned business forced to close
LOOK AT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY!!!
They were HUGE donors to republicans.
If they were supporting Democraps I guarantee we would all now be hearing of the wonderful health benefits of “bathing your lungs in cleansing smoke”
More likely, “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you,” is it not?
You will have your answer in time; when we learn who gets awarded new franchises in those localities.
That would explain it. The man should have worked to keep pro business Republicans in power instead of quitting after 1988. Sad.
This is going to backfire on the fascists. As families and neighbors see this kind of political “taking”, they are going to hate Democrats for generations.
MARHOFER, RONALD STREETSBORO,OH 44241 MARHOFER CHEVROLET/PRESIDENT 9/12/02 $1,000 Automotive Free International Trade PAC MARHOFER, RONALD KENT,OH 44240 MARHOFER CHEVROLET 2/14/90 $1,000 Sawyer, Tom (D) MARHOFER, RONALD KENT,OH 44240 MARHOFER CHEVROLET 6/14/89 $1,000 Sawyer, Tom (D) MARHOFER, RONALD STOW,OH 44224 MARHOFER CHEVROLET 1/15/99 $750 Watkins, Thomas (R) MARHOFER, RONALD KENT,OH 44240 MARHOFER CHEVROLET 2/14/90 $250 Sawyer, Tom (D) MARHOFER, RONALD L STOW,OH 44224 RON MARHOFER AUTO FAMILY 4/22/92 $1,000 Glenn, John (D)
This is pure evil.
not everything is a conspiracy
Why the hell don’t the democrats just be upfront about it and say “YOU ARE GETTING SHUT DOWN UNLESS YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE DNC”
That is the way it has been in Chicago for the last 100 years. Everyone knows it. Bribing the Chicago city inspectors is a way of life there.
Let’s hope that Ohio remembers.
There were 10,000 people attending a health care town hall in Dayton last week.
Today we only have flaming, left-wing Communists masquerading as Democrats and neutered left-of-center Democrats called “Blue Dog bitches” as they are nothing more than Pelosi’s bitches.
This is one of the reasons why I will not support Obama motors. That is why we have bought two Ford products this year. In the past I have been a GM man.
Just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.