Local Chrysler dealer fighting back

By Joe Danneman - bio | email

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A Florence Chrysler dealership scheduled to lose its franchise is fighting back.

Zimmer Chrysler is hoping floods of e-mails will help corporate reconsider.

The stack of e-mails customers are sending the Zimmer family is already a few inches thick.

They come in response to Chrysler's decision last week to shut down nearly 800 of its dealerships, including seven in the Tri-State, by June 9.

"I have a responsibility to my customers and my employees to try everything," said John Zimmer, the general manager of the dealership.

"Get the emails out and get the word out on what Zimmer Chrysler actually means to this community," added customer Tony Huser.

Huser wrote one of those e-mails. He's a Zimmer customer just like Congressman Geoff Davis, who bought his family van here.

"We've got to save this business for the sake of our community," said Davis.

Davis led a political assembly line to the podium during a press conference Monday aimed directly at Chrysler's decision to shut down the 80-year-old business.

"The people who are trying to put this franchise out are nothing but useful idiots," said Chuck Korzenborn, the Kenton County sheriff.

The Zimmers say sales are up, business is great, so why them? They argue that laying off any of its 60-plus workers will hurt the local economy.

"A lot of these people have spent a lifetime here working and I feel very strongly that this decision is incorrect," said co-owner Cathy Zimmer.