The Johnny's Suzuki automotive dealerships in Summerville and Moncks Corner have been closed by their owner, it was announced Friday.
"These closures have been necessitated by the downturn in the economy, the concurrent decrease in the number of customers seeking new vehicles, the lack of floor plan financing available for dealership inventory, and the lack of financing available to consumers for new car purchases," Johnny's said in a statement..
The two dealerships were owned by Johnny Dangerfileld, whose informercials had become a TV staple on the weekends in the Charleston region.
Dangerfield's Johnny's Subaru and Isuzu on Savannah Highway will remain open, as will his EZ Auto Sales in Moncks Corner
Also, Johnny's Service Center in Moncks Corner will continue to service Suzuki vehicles, according to the announcement. Dangerfield thanked his customers in the statement and said he regretted "that the current closures are necessitated by the current economic times."
For more details, see Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.