Tuesday, September 29, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“It’s catching on. Whether it’s a little town or a city, arts is catching on.”
- Minister Lindsay Blackett  
- on Alberta Arts Days  


Darcy Nazarek, Manager of Westcastle Motors in Blairmore, announced on Friday, September 25 that Westcastle Motors, a full time General Motors Dealership, is closing its doors in Blairmore, effective October 30, 2009.
Approximately 10 years ago, Westcastle Motors, out of Pincher Creek, purchased the General Motors dealership in Blairmore from Mike Schwab. The business was formerly Blairmore Motors, and was located at the present Rexall Store site in central Blairmore.
According to Nazarek the prinicipal problem resulting in the closure was staffing issues and the centralization of their operations in this part of Southern Alberta.
Westcastle Motors is currently operated by four employees who will be transferred to Pincher Creek, avoiding any lay-offs of personnel. All current customers of the dealership will be notified by way of letters explaining the position of the company and their plans to continue servicing their customers in the Crowsnest Pass.
The loss of this major franchise has come as a shock to most citizens in the Crowsnest Pass who have witnessed the continual downsizing of numerous businesses over the past number of months.
The closure of Westcastle Motors, a modern and up to date dealership, spells the end of any major dealerships, and follows the pattern of closure that included Chrysler and Ford dealerships in the area.
Going back in history, it is interesting to note that the late Lance Morgan, the original owner of the dealership, was at one time recognized as the oldest living dealer of General Motors in Canada. The dealership was know as Crowsnest Pass Motors. It was established in 1922 and was located at the present Extra Foods.
The Herald wishes Westcastle Motors continued success and will sorely miss the economic input they provided this area and the services offered to their customers. Nothing is forever, and hopefully the day will come when General Motors of Canada will return to the Crowsnest Pass as a dealership.
Westcastle Motors intends to continue supporting the Crowsnest Pass through contributions to various community organizations, but must be contacted through the Pincher Creek location.
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