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Auto dealer thankful for community help to reinstate GM franchise

Robert Price Robert Price
Bob Montgomery Bob Montgomery

By Connie Leonard - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – There was good news for a longtime Louisville business that was hurt last year after General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection. The GM franchise at Bob Montgomery Chevrolet has been reinstated saving some 45 local jobs. The decision comes in large part to a grass roots effort known as the Southwest Dream Team.

After hearing the GM franchise was being taken away from Bob Montgomery Chevrolet on Dixie Highway last year, the Southwest Dream team, which is made up of local businesses and residents in the south end of town, put a petition drive together. 

Organizers tell us when they heard General Motors made the decision to Bob Montgomery Chevrolet, the Dream Team got busy to help keep the 50-year-old business alive. Some 800 members of the Dream Team got well over 3,000 signatures on petitions that were sent to General Motors.  

"When you start taking a longstanding business that's been in southwest Louisville for a number of years away and tell people in southwest Louisville you've got to go someplace else to get your Chevrolet, that didn't sit well with us," said Robert Price of the Southwest Dream Team.

"I just can't thank the City of Louisville and particularly southwest and south Louisville for the fine support they gave us and we've got them to thank for our continued success and hopefully in the future and we'll pay them back," said dealership owner Bob Montgomery.

The Southwest Dream Team's mission is to continue to grow business in southwest Louisville. According to organizers, recent restaurant additions Q-doba and Bob Evans had two of their biggest openings ever on Dixie Highway.

Montgomery told us the petition drive made the difference in their negotiations with GM after his dealership was added to the second round of franchise cuts last year. 

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