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Denny Hecker closes 6 Metro Dealerships, Sells 3

Automotive entrepeneur Denny Hecker announced Friday he closed six dealerships and is selling three others in the metro area due to the current economic recession, reported the Pioneer Press.

One-third of Hecker's workforce, 400 employees, will be without a job after the dealerships are closed and others still standing struggle keep up with a current decline in consumer demand for vehicles.

The Pioneer Press reported many workers who were laid off found out early from media reports, others didn't find out until they showed up to barred doors and a sign on the door declaring the dealsership closed.

The dealerships that closed are the Blaine Bargain Lot, Forest Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mitsubishi, Monticello Dodge Ford and Mercury Suzuki Kia, Rosedale Hyundai, Shakopee Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Stillwater Ford Lincoln Mercury.

The Star Tribune reported the day Hecker closed his lots, GM filed suit in the U.S. District Court seeking to ban Hecker from selling vehicles at the Inner Grove Heights showroom. A spokesman for Hecker said the two events are unrelated.