Culpepper Ford plans to close

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:30 AM
Last updated 2:36 PM
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A family-owned Ford dealership will soon close its doors after more than 60 years.

Culpepper Ford, at 2210 Washington Road, Thomson, will continue sales through Saturday and possibly into next week, owner Bobby Culpepper said Wednesday.

“The economy is just so bad,” Culpepper said, citing financial reasons for closing the dealership that has been run by his family since his father opened the first location in 1949.

Culpepper, who has served as mayor of Harlem since 2008, said he’s been semi-retired for three or four years while his son, Brian, ran the day-to-day operations.

“That’s one reason I had more time to spend as mayor,” Culpepper said.

After 48 years operating the dealership in Harlem, Culpepper moved the dealership to Nature’s Way, near Interstate 20 in Appling, in 1997. Seven years later, the dealership moved to Thomson.

Culpepper said he plans to continue to keep open a Grovetown used car lot he’s run in association with the dealership for several years.

Whether he becomes fully retired or continues to run the Grovetown lot depends on whether his son plans to stay in the car business.

Culpepper said he is still finalizing details of the closing.

“I’ve been in business for a long time,” Culpepper said. “But I’ve never gone out of business yet.”

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/11/12 - 12:38 pm
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Hope Mr. Culpepper will work

Hope Mr. Culpepper will work hard to help employees find other jobs in the industry!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/11/12 - 01:23 pm
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Good luck to the Culpeppers.

Good luck to the Culpeppers. This sucky economy.

Sayitaintso
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Sayitaintso 04/11/12 - 01:53 pm
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Good luck to all employeees.

Good luck to all employeees. Best parts man I ever dealt with. Good luck BIg Man.

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debbiep38 04/11/12 - 09:02 pm
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If a Culpepper can't make it
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If a Culpepper can't make it Thomson, with Guvmint bought vehicles from the county, well...

GuyGene
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GuyGene 04/12/12 - 10:29 am
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Sorry to hear this. I bought

Sorry to hear this. I bought my last vehicle from "Fish" at Culpepper - Fish (and the rest there), I hope it goes well for you!

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dazed and confused 04/12/12 - 05:12 pm
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I'm so sorry about this.

I'm so sorry about this. I've known and traded with the Culpeppers for years. Such a nice family! Hope all goes well in the future!

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