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Shuttered Wentzville, Mo. Chrysler dealership back in business

Feb 28, 2011

Updated 2:12 p.m. Feb. 28, 2011 with quotes from Mock (via AP).

Two years after Chrysler shut down its dealership in Wentzville, Mo., Century Motor Corp. is back in business.

Twenty-five people work there - about 20 fewer than when the dealership closed in May 2009.

"It's a David vs. Goliath story," said Kevin Mock, Century's general manager, whose family owns the business. "We were vindicated. That's what we were arbitrating for - to get back our family business that was stolen from us."

Century was among 789 dealerships shut down by Chrysler as part of the automaker's bankruptcy plan. Congress mandated that the revoked dealerships be given the option to seek reinstatement through binding federal arbitration. Of 108 dealerships that went to arbitration, 32 won, including Century, which is the only shuttered Missouri Chrysler dealership to reopen.

Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese says the bankruptcy process was difficult but successful.