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Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  June 5, 2009 12:03 PM

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To the management in Michigan, South Shore Chrysler in Braintree is one of the 789 underperforming US dealerships the company plans to shudder ties with on Tuesday.

But for this South Shore town, it's the classic, hometown business that has helped build a community since opening in 1967, and until now, kept it.

"We're just a local family - been here a long time and have a local business. We live and work in the same town that we grew up in," said Michael Shea in today's Globe, who owns the dealer with his brother, Greg. The Shea brothers say they hope to sell used cars and expand their garage service.

It's unclear how damaging Chrysler's decision will be for employees, longtime customers, and the surrounding businesses of South Shore Chrysler, but it's a damning fate that will be witnessed across the country.

Read more about the possible impact in Erin Ailworth's story, and how used car demand is driving up prices.

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