Friday, May 23, 2008

Football Ford Underfoot

A few months ago, I went to a car wash fundraiser at Foothill Ford in La Verne.

It turned out that Foothill Ford needed a fundraiser itself. According to the Daily Bulletin, Foothill Ford is closing on May 31.

Foothill Ford has become the latest victim of a slumping automotive market.

After nearly four decades in the city, the dealership will shut down May 31.

"It's very disappointing," said Peter Miller, co-owner of Seidner-Miller Automotive, which owns Foothill Ford and a neighboring Hyundai dealership. "But 99 percent of this is the economy."

The killer? Foothill Ford is not in an auto mall. While I disagree with Peter Miller's claim that Foothill Ford is on a "rural" street (even in La Verne, I wouldn't characterize Route 66 as "rural"), the fact remains that you have to drive three minutes from a freeway exit to get to Foothill Ford, which is 2 1/2 minutes longer than most people want to drive.

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