Salentine Closes Its Doors

Signs posted on doors have customers shocked at the sudden closing of the longtime family dealership.

Rumors began Tuesday that E.J Salentine had closed its doors, and a visit to the long time car dealership at Janesville Road and Tess Corners Drive confirmed it.

A simple sign posted on the doors, which were locked, stated:

Salentine Buick will be closed as of 2/12/2013. Sorry. Thank you.

An employee at the dealership would not comment on the closing and there has been no statement from the family that runs the business, which has been in operation for about 88 years.

A customer said a visit on Tuesday to the dealership from his home in Franksville provided him with the stunning news. 

"I spoke briefly to one of the owners who, obviously distraught, confirmed the permanent closing of the dealership," said Ronald Vandenboom.

"I was almost part of the family when I was a pre-teen, helping pump gas and wash cars when S.J. had the building on the South side of Highway 24," he recalled. "Later I helped make the move to the Imme building across the street. Later, when I was working as a bodyman, I helped make the move to the present location. It is sad to see the business close and for the family to lose this landmark. I wish them all good luck."

The business's Facebook Page as recently as last week had information on new inventory coming onto the lot. However, it appears the page has now been taken down.

We will update the story as more information becomes available.

Cindy February 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM
In fact, I talked to two different company's that commented on how difficult you were and they knew who you were just by your original comment on this board. I do know the story, the short version, your car was t-boned and brought to Salentine's to be fixed. The vehicle was thought to be completely fixed and the insurance check was issued and then the damage to the roof was discovered. By that time the insurance deemed it totaled because of the roof damage. The Salentine's felt horrible about the oversight and tried everything possible to make you happy. Obviously to no avail because you are still "shooting your mouth off". And yes they did porter your vehicle, many times! Maybe this will teach you how hurtful comments and assumptions are unnecessary. You certainly didn't like it when I called you out, how do you think the Salentine's would feel if they read your rude and untrue comments. They say there are always two sides to a story and then the truth. I think my side is a little closer to the truth! Now, go take a writing class. I am done with you, be gone!
Bob Allan February 22, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I have known the Salentine family since 1968 when my parents bought their first new Buick. I was only 14 at that time but rember it like it was yesterday. E.J. Himself sold the car to them and was a wonderful person. Since than we never went to any other dealer. My older brother bought his cars from Salentine and I bought my first car from them in 1974, We have always been treated great. The Salentine family has done so much for the city of Muskego and never asked for anything in return. I hope that people know how much that they will be missed.
shannon February 28, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Cindy, you are the one dragging this on and on why don't you shut your big mouth about it already. No one cares what u think. U were not there, were not involved so no u don't know the story. Find something better to do with your life. I have a life unlike u I don't have time to do this all day...so be gone with u big mouth
Trap Shooter March 02, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Bottom line...people are without a job and an income! Stop the madness, it does nothing to help the situation. Best of luck to the employees on their journey through life.
Tom Callen March 04, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I wish the Salentine family and its employees the very best going forward. I am now driving my sixth Buick from Salentine and was looking forward to my seventh. I dealt with Bernie Lemon on the sales side and Don and his crew on the service side. I was always treated fairly and with the utmost respect. I will miss working with them. Tom Callen


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