Longtime owner Russell Gwatney closes his last area new car dealership

And recounts his three decades in the business

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: April 28, 2021 9:46 AM CT | Published: April 27, 2021 5:38 PM CT

For the first time in 33 years, no new car dealerships named “Gwatney” are operating in Memphis. 


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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey retired in January as a business reporter at The Daily Memphian, and after 40 years in journalism. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He has lived in Midtown for 36 years.