A deal that had been in the works for months to sell the dealership on Calhoun Highway to Terry Reid of Cartersville has fallen through, Williams said. He said late Thursday afternoon that he did not know what happened.
“He has not talked to me, not even shown me the courtesy to call,” Williams said.
Williams has held the Chrysler franchise in the Rome area for the past 32 years but had indicated last month that he was ready to retire.
The veteran Rome automobile dealer said he had done everything he was supposed to do in advance of the closing.
“We changed the phones over, we changed all the utilities, we had all of that done on Monday the 16th (of July), when we were supposed to close,” Williams said.
The longtime Rome dealer said Reid told him at that time that a bank said some paperwork was still incomplete.
“We were supposed to have closed again last Friday, and he was still at the auction at 1:30 or 2 o’clock, and we were supposed to close at 2 o’clock,” Williams said. “It is officially dead as of today.”
Williams said the delay and publicity about the impending sale had really set the business back.
“I’ve taken care of these customers for 30 years,” Williams said, adding that he was looking forward to another 30 years, “If I live that long.”
Reid owns Kia and Hyundai dealerships in Cartersville and at one time operated a Mitsubishi dealership on Martha Berry Highway near Mount Berry Square mall in Rome. Reid obtained a business license for the Rome dealership on July 3.
Calls to the Cartersville businessman were not returned Thursday evening.