GM Dealer Hit by Tornado, But Spared the Corporate Knife

By Sadie Bass

May 18, 2009 4:16pm

Last week was difficult for every GM dealer across the country, but maybe no dealership had a more stressful week than Jim Robertson Motors in Kirksville, Missouri.

As Barbara Pinto reported on last Thursday’s World News, the Robertson dealership was devastated by a huge, half-mile wide tornado.  The twister mangled the dealership’s building and damaged nearly every car on the lot.

On Friday, employees in Kirksville were cleaning up the damage, but they worked with another cloud over their heads –- whether or not their dealership would be one of 1300 franchises closed by GM. 

We followed up with Robertson Motors today and heard some good news — they were spared by the GM cuts.  On their website, the dealership promises to be "up and running as soon as we can." 

But clearly, last week’s pair of tornados from the sky and from GM headquarters took their toll.  With GM’s future still uncertain, so is Jim Robertson’s.  When asked whether Friday’s news means the dealership will be back in business, an employee said, "for now."

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