Saturn of Wichita's last day in business likely will be Nov. 13, owner Scott Davies said Monday.
That's the date he's proposed to General Motors, which is shutting down the brand after Penske Automotive Group dropped its bid for Saturn on Sept. 30.
Davies said he expects the date to be approved.
"I don't see a problem," he said.
In the meantime, the service departments are open at both Saturn of Wichita locations: 11200 E. Central and 8800 W. Central.
"We will be doing normal business until then," Davies said.
At the close of business Nov. 13, service technicians and some of the dealership's other 60 employees will gather up tooling and parts at the east and west stores to make their weekend move to Scholfield Buick GMC at 7633 E. Kellogg and Scholfield Hyundai West at 757 N. Tyler Road.
"On Monday morning, they will be open for Saturn service, so there will not be a down day for our customers," Davies said.
Scholfield Automotive Group will continue to provide service and parts for the brand after Saturn of Wichita closes. Davies said he expects most of his dealership's employees to take positions at Scholfield.
Davies already has been preparing for the closing.
All of the dealership's east-side new and used car inventory has been moved to the Saturn west store, where it is holding a liquidation sale.
Once the buildings are vacated, it will be another 30 days before he can think about leasing them, he said.
"We're getting phone calls now," Davies said. "We'll definitely have to lease them to somebody."
Davies said he'll also soon be sending letters to Saturn of Wichita customers informing them of the closing date as well as how they can reach him once the dealership is closed.
But he'll probably be working on winding down the dealership — which he helped start more than 18 years ago — for most of the rest of the year.
"It's a hard thing to close down," Davies said.