Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover (left), and Joe Eberhardt, president and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America (right), joined Dealer Principal Jack Weidinger at the grand opening of Jaguar Land Rover Freeport (N.Y.). Photo courtesy Jaguar Land Rover
MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar Land Rover announced the opening of a new dealership in Freeport, Long Island, N.Y., one of the first U.S. retailers to incorporate the British luxury automaker’s new global ARCH design standards. The dual-branded facility exemplifies a new generation of retail facilities as the Jaguar and Land Rover business continues to expand in North America.
The 35,000-square-foot dealership features a 15-car showroom, 22-bay service department with an enclosed three-lane service drive-in area, rooftop parking, Jaguar and Land Rover loaner vehicles, complimentary automatic car wash, and a premium customer hospitality center. The facility also houses a Jaguar Land Rover boutique that showcases the latest accessories, wheels and brand merchandise.
Jaguar Land Rover Freeport’s design aligns with new global retail design standards that are being adopted by retailers across the country. As part of an overhaul of the U.S. retailer network, every “ARCH”-compliant facility will prominently feature elements of frameless glass, walnut and sophisticated lighting to give the space a fresh and luxurious feel. A majority of the retail network is expected to be completed under the new design by 2020, with an approximate total U.S. retailer investment of $1.5 billion.
The Jaguar Land Rover Freeport facility will exist as a part of the Weidinger Auto Group, owned by Jack Weidinger. The Weidinger Auto Group originated with Jaguar Great Neck in 1938 and has grown to include Jaguar Great Neck, North Bay Cadillac Buick GMC, Vantage Auto Body, the Pre-Owned Centre and multiple service locations.
“We have been in the Jaguar business for 78 years, and we’re excited to bring the Land Rover franchise brand to the South Shore community under one roof,” said Weidinger, who will serve as dealer principal. “We are grateful to the entire Jaguar Land Rover team who has helped us bring our plans to fruition, and we look forward to providing our customers with a retail experience that is as luxurious as the vehicles that they are investing in.”
“The team here at Jaguar Land Rover North America would like to offer congratulations to Jack Weidinger and his team at Weidinger Auto Group on their many years of support for Jaguar cars, and on the opening of their new Jaguar Land Rover Centre,” said Joe Eberhardt, president and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC. “With the opening of each new ARCH retail facility, we further improve the customer experience of buying and owning Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles.”