Today General Motors is notifying more than 1,000 dealers that it will not renew their franchises after October 2010.
On Thursday Chrysler released a list of 789 dealers it is eliminating (read INDsider contributor Louis David’s story here), but GM does not plan to publicly announce which dealers it is cutting. The dealers will be notified by letter; GM owns Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.
It's highly unlikely any local dealerships will be affected. Paul Stroderd, Lafayette-based Courtesy Automotive Group’s general manager, could not be reached for comment this morning. Courtesy’s headquarters — where GMC trucks, Cadillac, Buick and Pontiac are sold — is at 4750 Johnston St. in the old Service Merchandise building. It also has dealerships in New Iberia, Abbeville, Franklin and Morgan City. Courtesy is Lafayette's largest GM dealer.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.