Classic Chevrolet, 40 Dickinson Street, Amherst RIP
As of last week Amherst is down to its last video store and as of today, with the closing of Classic Chevrolet, we will no longer have a single car dealership left in town.
They say when thousands perish it's a "statistic" but when one dies it's a "tragedy." Nationwide about 24,000 car dealerships service the American market, so perhaps one less dealership will not be missed, unless of course it's your hometown dealership. The last of its kind.
The one that employed caring individuals skilled at what they do.
Sadly, 17 of our friends and neighbors will now have to find somewhere else to do it.
A lot of history in that building
The automotive business, located at 40 Dickinson Street, just down the hill from the Dickinson Homestead, transitioned from a horse drawn cab operation originally founded by the Paige brothers in 1883, three years before Miss Emily was "called back."
If you're a baby boomer who grew up in Amherst, at some point you came into contact with Paige's Chevrolet. In fact I wore a Little League baseball uniform with their name stenciled across the back. The transition to Classic Chevrolet in 2002 was almost seamless.
Now, with the sale of the dealership to Burke Autos GMC in Northampton, the unbroken 130 years of service comes to a close. Amherst trumpets the "shop local" mantra at every opportunity.
Now that trumpet is playing "Taps."
(Sad) Sign of the times