Frank Mulholland

Daily Union Managing Editor

Ridings-Xamis automobile dealership has announced they will be closing business effective Friday, December 21. The dealership sold Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep automobiles.

Rick Ridings and Jim Xamis said by way of a press release that Ford Motor company and Chrysler Motors are going through a consolidating period of franchise dealerships as part of their on going rebuilding.

The Shelbyville dealership will be consolidating with the Bob Ridings Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ford dealership located at 8 N. Locust St. in Pana.

Shelbyville Mayor Roy Shuff said the city really hates to see the dealership close.

“Their closing will certainly take revenue away from the city and that is what the city council is trying to change,” said Shuff.

Shuff went on to say he understands Riding’s decision, which he believes is based on rising costs.

“I have heard they (Ridings-Xamis) are giving all their employees an opportunity to transfer, and I am thankful for that,” continued Shuff.

Ridings-Xamis has said customers will see familiar faces in Pana. Wade Keown, Warren Williams and Dean Voudrie are joining the service department. Buddy Daniels and Rick Callison will be joining the current sales staff. Jerome Debrun and Garrett Ulmer will be joining the sales staff at Rick Ridings in Taylorville. Mike Clark is transferring to the service department at Rick Ridings in Monticello.

Ridings has said they will welcome all of their customers to the Pana dealership. They will provide factory authorized repairs on their vehicles and honor all the benefits that were provided at the Shelbyville dealership.

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