Duke sees no news as good sign

Published 10:25 pm Friday, May 15, 2009

Duke Automotive owner Lydia Duke still hasn’t received any news on whether her dealership will be closed, but she is remaining optimistic.

“I have no news, and my mother always taught me no news is good news,” Duke said.

Duke is one of thousands of General Motors dealerships across the country that awaited word on Friday which dealerships would be closed. As of Friday at 3:30 p.m., she hadn’t heard a peep from GM officials, but it had been a nerve-wracking day.

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“I’ve been jumping at every phone call, every FedEx or UPS truck that came on the lot,” she said. “It’s been a long day, and it’s just 3:30.”

Duke said she has spent a lot of hours evaluating her own performance, wondering if the dealership could have done anything differently.

“I really felt in my heart that there was nothing that this family could’ve done different in the last 41 years,” she said, nothing that the dealership tries to do its part with the manufacturer, the factory, the customers and the community.

Duke said she was “thrilled” that Chrysler dealership Starr Motors, down the road from Duke, also will be staying open. She hopes that the general public won’t turn its back on GM, even in light of the automaker’s financial crisis.

“Continue to have your oil changed and buy cars and trucks,” she said, adding that she sold two new Pontiacs this week.

“I’m operating under the assumption that I will continue to be the GM dealer for this city,” she said.