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On Alhambra’s Auto Row, Some Dealers Are Cutting Hours, Jobs

A screen capture of Google Maps showing Auto Row's dealerships, marked in red.

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Essential businesses are still allowed and should be operating in accordance with L.A. County Health Department guidelines.

The order lists various automobile-related services. Some businesses – gas stations and auto supply –are probably not struggling to stay open but operating at other locations is more complicated.

Alhambra is home to many car dealerships. Some on Main Street are hurting right now. While they are deemed essential businesses, most sales departments are operating with skeleton crews, if they’re open at all. Some are “taking it day-by-day” in deciding their business strategy.

Going to get your tires rotated is not on the list of essential personal activities on the county list, that ordered “all individuals living in the state of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”

Vehicles still need maintenance but the COVID-19 realities are starting to have a trickle down impact on the workforce.

For instance, New Century BMW has began to lay off some employees, including one shop foreman, customer service advisors and porters.

There are also jaw-dropping stories from technicians about the state of cars they have to get into and what they have to do to sanitize themselves after each job.

For example, in an era where one should not be out – especially if they are sick – one mechanic got into a vehicle that had used tissues strewn about the front seats and center console. Social distancing is one way to combat coronavirus but also important are personal hygiene and common courtesy.

Here is what we know about Auto Row and beyond as of Wednesday afternoon:

  • New Century BMW:
    • Sales: Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their technicians have been working in teams of half days
  • Bravo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Alhambra:
    • Sales: Mostly closed, except for two sales managers who are taking sales calls
    • Parts and service: Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Their service department is not fully staffed
  • Kia of Alhambra:
    • Sales: Closed
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their service department is not fully staffed
  • Browning Mazda of Alhambra:
    • Sales: Limited sales through managers, buyers are urged to call or go online
    • Parts and service: Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to end of scheduled service appointments or 6 p.m. Their service department is not fully staffed
  • Goudy Honda:
    • Sales: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., limited salespeople
    • Parts and service: Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Their service department is not fully staffed
  • Wondries Toyota:
    • Sales: Closed, except for emergency purchases
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acura of Alhambra:
    • Sales: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., limited salespeople
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Volkswagen Alhambra:
    • Sales: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bob Wondries Ford (on Atlantic between Commonwealth and Mission)
    • Sales: Closed
    • Parts and service: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Going to the Market?

Supermarkets are essential businesses. The Albertsons on Commonwealth in Alhambra is busy, though the traffic has slowed. The staff has put down red “X” markers in tape, six feet apart, for customers to keep social distancing practices. Some people adhere to them and others don’t.

Target on Main is ramping up their store deliveries with double the incoming shipments on certain days. The items delivered are not the same every day, though. The lines have shortened, but the store is about as busy as it was pre-COVID-19, many shoppers are wearing masks and gloves now. The team fulfilling guests’ online orders say they come in “all day, every minute.”

Going to Local Hospitals?

Alhambra Source called Alhambra Hospital Medical Center and Garfield Medical Center to see what their procedures are if someone should show up to the Emergency Room if they have the flu, a cough or wonder if they should get checked for COVID-19.

Unless you have extreme symptoms, don’t go; you won’t be tested in the ER because the tests still have to be ordered by your health care provider and samples collected in a safe environment.

However, if you do show up with flu-like symptoms to the ER, Alhambra Hospital will separate you from the rest of the population and screen your symptoms in a tent outside of the area.

Garfield is “not giving out any information at this time” on their procedures.

 

 

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