Saturn Dealership in Cape to Close
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The struggling auto industry claims another Heartland victim.
Saturn's dealership in Cape Girardeau will close on December 31st. Spokesperson Jackie Dunne tells Heartland News that leaves at least six employees without a job just before Christmas.
Dunne says owner Jim Butler will keep two other dealerships in the St. Louis area open.
"General Motors hasn't laid out clear plans for the Saturn brand," said Dunne.
She explained that played a part in the decision.
Local experts also commented on the closure.
"Businesses open and close every day," said Mitch Robinson of MAGNET.
MAGNET works to attract and expand businesses in the community.
Robinson said he's sad to hear the Saturn dealership is closing, but he said it's too soon to tell what the outlook will be for other local dealers.
"It's a shifting of the market," said Robinson. "The industry is going to have to change the way they sell cars."