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Chuck Fortinberry describes being in a state of shock when he got the
call last year that his Chrysler Jeep dealership in Clarkston β€” a
five-star, top-rated, highly profitable 24-year-old business β€” was being
closed as the automaker went through bankruptcy.

His son, Lane
Fortinberry, described the loss in stronger terms.

β€œIt was like a
death in the family,” said Lane, who worked at the dealership. β€œThere
was that feeling of helplessness and just why β€” it was that terrible
sinking feeling in your stomach.”

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