WALLACE, NC (WECT) - A car dealership that had been open for generations in Wallace has lost the battle to the struggling economy.
Minchew Motors originally opened in 1938 in northern Duplin County and moved to Wallace in 1940. Now, all of their lots are empty and their doors are closed.
"People are putting off big purchases and new cars are a big part of their purchases, so that's on of the reasons we've had it tough," said Todd Minchew."
Some local residents say they feel lost knowing the trademark car dealership in Wallace is out of business.
"It's not like a death in the family, but then it is," said Dwight Jackson. "You assume something's going to be there tomorrow and then all the sudden it's not. It kind of plays on your mind."
Minchew feels the same way because he had always sold cars.
"It's tough when we can't take care of our customers," said Minchew. "That's what we've been doing for so many years, but I appreciate their loyalty."
Customers like Jackson said they may have to switch to a new brand of vehicle, because they don't think they'll get the same kind of service out of town.
"I was looking at the Dodge Charger when this happened," said Jackson. "Now we've just kind of quit looking."
The Minchew's said they are doing everything they can to figure out a way to re-open in the future so they can give back to all of their loyal customers.
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