Arlington Heights Lexus dealership features salon, theater, gym
Largest Lexus dealer in U.S. opens in Arlington Heights
The largest Lexus dealership in the country now calls Arlington Heights home. And it has the space for many unusual features, including a salon and a gym, that will give customers things to do while waiting for a vehicle.
Bob Rohrman's Lexus of Arlington opened on July 4 at 1510 W. Dundee Road on a 40-acre space with 14 acres reserved just for parking its inventory of 1,500 cars, said General Manager Marcin Ajdukiewcz.
"Mr. Rohrman wanted a state-of-the-art facility and this is the biggest in the United States," he said. "This place is just gigantic."
This is a step up from the Acura and Lexus dealership in Palatine Rohrman owned since the late 1980s. At the time he opened that dealership, there was only one model of Lexus on the market.
"Now we have eight or nine different models and you need more space for the inventory and for the customers," Ajdukiewcz said.
Owners moved to Arlington Heights for the additional space and based on the reputation of the town.
"Just saying the name Arlington Heights, people know it," Ajdukiewcz said.
The dealership itself takes up 170,000-square-feet and has room for a lot more than making deals and signing paperwork. Lexus of Arlington also has a movie theater, playground, massage chairs, a gym, a golf putting green, a salon for haircuts, manicures, pedicures and more, Ajdukiewcz said.
"There is not another store in the U.S. that delivers the experience that we do," he said.
The move has been in the works for several years, as owners renovated the land and building for the dealership.
"We're very happy to have them in the community," said Village Business Development Coordinator Michael Mertes. "Lexus is a great brand and obviously Mr. Rohrman is a staple in the Chicagoland auto community so we're happy to have him continue to invest here in Arlington Heights."
Mertes said it is too soon to say how much sales tax revenue the new dealership will bring in for the village.
"Obviously we expect them to be an asset in the community, not just as a business, but in terms of the tax revenue that will be generated for the community as well," he said.
Lexus of Arlington takes its place alongside several other car dealerships that populate the north end of Arlington Heights and Palatine.
"It's a great addition to our Dundee Road corridor and we hope it will bring in more people to support all our businesses on that side of town," Mertes said.