Bewley Allen Cadillac closed its doors on Monday, after serving Main Street for 74 years. The dealership opened in 1938, and even operated as a weapons manufacturer and testing facility for the U.S. Navy during World War II. During that time, employees worked in a shop behind the dealership's service department producing prototype rockets, which they tested in Eaton Canyon in Pasadena.
City officials told the Pasadena Star-News that they were disappointed at the dealership's closure as it was a large employer of Alhambra residents and contributed to the city's revenue.
"I bought all my Cadillacs there," said Mayor Barbara Messina. "I was shocked, very upset; it's a big loss for our community."
"It's tough to lose a business of that caliber in a community like ours, but it's a sign of the times," City Manager Julio Fuentes said.
Officials say the dealership plans to consolidate with Crestview Cadillac in West Covina.