After 41 years in business, dealership on McKnight Road in closed its doors for good Wednesday.
Service Manager Jim Walney said Ford Motor Co. was consolidating its Lincoln dealerships, and was unable to reach agreement with Demor’s to keep its new-car lot open.
Demor’s preowned car lot, at 8960 Perry Highway in McCandless, will remain open.
“There are a lot of upset customers,” Walney said. “Now there will not be a Lincoln new car dealership in the North Hills.”
The property at 7675 McKnight Road, at the intersection of Brown’s Lane, is owned by Ford Leasing Development Co., according to the Allegheny County real estate website. Full market value for the land and building is listed at $1,374,700.
Russell Demor, co-owner of the dealership, did not want to comment on the reasons behind Ford’s decision, but did say he and his partner, James Belmondo, were doing everything they could to find jobs for the dealership’s 30 employees.
A sign posted on the dealership’s windows announces the closing and thanks customers for their loyalty.
The sign goes on to say that since opening in 1970, the dealership sold over 25,000 new and used vehicles to “families and friends who have trusted and supported us for decades.”