Hear Good News
During Phone Calls
BY JOHN M. JONES JR.
Both of the local General Motors automotive dealerships -- Bachman-Bernard Auto Mall and Lawson Chevrolet -- received the good news earlier today that they had "made the cut" with the automotive giant.
It was a tense day at General Motors dealerships across the nation as the company notified 1,100 of its U.S. dealers by letter or telephone that financially-stressed GM would not be renewing its sales and service agreement with those 1,100 after the current agreements expire in September 2010.
But in Greeneville, no dealer-discontinuance letters were received, and, as confirmation of the apparent good news, both local dealers received telephone assurance that their status as GM dealers would continue.
Myron Bernard, co-owner of Bachman-Bernard Auto Mall, told The Greeneville Sun in a telephone interview this afternoon that a General Motors representative had confirmed to him in a telephone conversation that Bachman-Bernard was not on the list of dealerships to be discontinued.
In a separate telephone interview with the Sun, Lennie Lawson said that he also had received assurance from GM in a telephone call.
Bachman-Bernard is owned jointly by Bernard and Phil Bachman. The firm is the dealership for GM's Buick, Cadillac, Pontiac, and GMC brands, as well as for Chrysler LLC's Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands, and for Nissan.
Lawson is the official dealer-operator for Lawson Chevrolet, which is owned by Kent Bewley, the principal owner, and partners Susan Holzschuh and Daniel Johnson.
Prior to September 2008, Lennie Lawson and his father, Max Lawson, had also been co-owners of Lawson Chevrolet. Bewley bought the Lawson family's interest in the dealership in September 2008.