AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFord has been reducing its sales volume by reducing fleet sales and is no longer selling cars for rental use. As a result sales are down, he said. “Some dealers have found the reduced level of business isn’t as profitable and have made the decision to close the business,” he said. Eight of 219 Ford dealerships in California have closed in the last year, he said. Whittier Councilman Joe Vinatieri said he’s disappointed. “I’m saddened because they’ve been in town for a long time and also are a larger producer of sales-tax revenue for our community,” Vinatieri said. WHITTIER – Board Ford has announced it will close its automobile dealership no later than Jan. 9. The dealership at 15265 Whittier Blvd., which opened in 1968, is closing in part because of a strategic decision by Ford to reduce its sales volume, said John Coinard, spokesman for Ford Motor Co., which also owns Board Ford. The closure will displace 75 employees. “We know from its history that the market is quite well-served,” Coinard said. “It could be argued that it’s saturated. As a result, Board Ford is one of the dealerships closing.” City Manager Steve Helvey said while he can’t legally reveal the exact amount of sales tax, it is “substantial” and among Whittier’s top 10 producers. “It’s certainly equal to one of the larger stores at Whittwood (Mall),” Helvey said. Helvey said he doesn’t believe the closure is a negative indication for Whittier’s business climate. “(Ford) is closing dealerships much larger than Board Ford,” he said, referring to Don Kott (Carson), Keystone (Norwalk) and Claremont dealerships. “They’re also one of the few company-owned stores,” he said. “Ford didn’t want to take the full risk on the property.” In essence, Ford is saying that it wants dealers to take the risk of car sales, not the corporation, Helvey said. “When you have a dealership, you let (the owner) reap the rewards or losses of operating it,” he said. Helvey said the loss of revenue should not have a significant effect on the city’s budget. “We don’t see it as any difference than the contingency we provided when Whittwood closed for remodeling,” he said. “We view this as a temporary loss of revenue.” Mayor Owen Newcomer said he believes a replacement dealership can be found for the six-acre Board Ford site. “We’re not sure of the form it will take,” Newcomer said. “We’ve got a good market.” City officials have been talking to other dealers in Whittier about moving to a larger site, such as Board Ford’s. Those informal discussions also would include replacing the dealership that would move into the Board Ford site, Helvey said. While city officials declined to name names, it is known Toyota of Whittier aims to expand. One customer on his way to Board Ford’s parts department y said he is disappointed about the closing. “It’s too bad the corporate thing didn’t hold up,” said Lester Pearson of La Habra, who added that he has been going to the dealership for 30 years. Thursda [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!