Which Tulsa GM Dealers Will Close?

Friday, May 15th 2009, 5:55 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- General Motors plans to eliminate 1,100 dealers nationwide, but the company won't say which dealers will close.

Some dealerships spent the day waiting on word because GM sent out letters with the news.

Of the local Tulsa dealers, most said they didn't know yet, so it is unknown which ones will close.

General Motors has 10 dealers in Tulsa and more in the suburbs, all selling the GM brands -- Pontiac, Buick, Chevrolet, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Saab, GMC and Cadillac.

GM is working to sell off Saturn, so it is expected to go among the first. But the company says it's targeting the weakest dealers, those with low sales, poor service, outdated buildings and those that are financially weak.

The biggest GM dealer in Tulsa is Jim Glover, and it's safe. There's only one Cadillac dealer in Tulsa, so it can't be consolidated.

At Don Thornton Cadillac Hummer Saab, the dealership was notified it is safe. While the Hummer brand is being sold and Saab reorganized, GM still wants Don Thornton to provide service.