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Lake Country Ford on North Wheeler Street here in Jasper will soon close as part of the Ford Motor Corporation's plans to reduce the number of small dealerships across the country.

One of the owners of the Lake Country Ford, Robby Biddy confirmed this week that the dealership dealership here in Jasper will soon close doors.

According to Biddy, the decision to closed was not initiated by local management but instead by Ford Motor Company which is moving in the direction of closing smaller stores in towns like Jasper. In fact word is that Jasper is not alone and that the store in Liberty will also soon close as the company moves in a new direction. However, Biddy said his group will continue to operate Lake Country Chevrolet which is located next door and continue to serve the community without change.

If all goes as planned Biddy said there will be little if any loss in jobs at the location here in Jasper as he and others convert the Ford Dealership into a General Motors Fleet Operation to serve large companie and governmental agencies. In fact, Biddy says that within the near future, the group will take delivery of around 1,500 new vehicles which they will rig out and make ready for sale to the State Police.

Biddy said he was sad to close the Ford Dealership and that he wanted to thank everyone in the area for their loyalty and business over the years.