Lismore car dealers Charlie, left, and Jim Johnson are retiring from the industry after 40 years, closing their Johnson & Johns
Lismore car dealers Charlie, left, and Jim Johnson are retiring from the industry after 40 years, closing their Johnson & Johns

Car yard closes

By JANE GARDNER

AFTER 40 years in the car business, brothers Jim and Charlie Johnson are getting out of the driver's seat.

The doors will close on the iconic Dawson Street Daihatsu and Suzuki dealership for the last time at 5pm today.

The decision was made due to the lure of retirement.

"The time has come for us to have a rest," Charlie Johnson said.

"We're going to celebrate with a few drinks as soon as we get a chance."

Over the past two weeks, the Johnsons have managed to clear all of their used cars and have just two Sirions left, which they've reduced by $3500.

They sold the Suzuki franchise almost three months ago to the North Coast Motor Group.

The brothers joined forces in 1984 and boldy remained independent in the face of offers from multinational companies to purchase their franchises.

Over the years they battled market fluctuations, industry change and flooding.

With over 100 years of experience between them, they laughed in the face of adversity and took on each new challenge with gusto and wisdom.

Both brothers plan to travel in their retirement.

The Dawson Street site will remain a car yard, but the name will be changed.



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