The Village of Batavia will be losing a long-standing standing business Sept. 30. According to a press release the 32 Ford Dealership is one of several of Ford’s dealerships that will be consolidating in an effort to “right size” their dealerships.
The dealership has stood at the end of the state Route 32 exit ramp in Batavia for more than 20 years, just four miles west of the former Ford Transmission Plant which closed in 2008.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the Greater Cincinnati market for the past 20 years,” 32 Ford President Fred Warren said. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees for their dedication to 32 Ford. In addition we certainly would like to extend appreciation to our loyal customers for their continued support throughout the years.”
"It's another blow to our community," Thebout said. "This is the worst time it could happen but there's never a good time."
Thebout said the village has lost a number of businesses over the last two years, but they have gained just as many.
"It seems like it's a swap," Thebout said, "but really we're no different than any other community around."
The mayor said 32 Ford played a major role in driving customers to other businesses in Batavia such as restaurants. It was also a significant source of revenue for the village.
"It was another place that people come into town to visit," Thebout said. "It's hard to keep businesses here and when one leaves you miss it."
Thebout said Batavia's earned income tax revenues have been declining and the loss of 32 Ford will mean an additional loss of about $8,400 in 2010 and $22,000 in 2011.
According to the press release 32 Ford will hold several sales beginning Sept. 9 through Sept. 30 in an effort to liquidate its inventory in preparation for the closing. All new and pre-owned vehicles will be off the lot by the end of the month.
Current Ford owners can visit www.fordvehicles.com/dealers to find an authorized Ford dealer for vehicle maintenance.