A lot of new car dealerships have opened in the west, but only a few of their former locations were immediately used for something less appealing. There was no ghetto-making with most of these moves. I'll go through every new car dealership that has been built in the last decade from west to east...
Infiniti of Omaha: their former showroom at 60th and L was extensively remodeled and is now Porsche of Omaha (heh)
Mitsubishi of Omaha (shares a showroom with Infiniti): their most recent showroom was in front of Westroads and was recently torn down for some reason. Their dealership before that in Bellevue is now Todd Archer Hyundai
Former Regan Pontiac GMC Buick, soon to be Performance Ford: their former showroom is now Saturn of Omaha at 144th and Center. Saturn of Omaha's former showroom was at 114th and Dodge and was never built to sell cars to begin with, its an office building. Regan's showroom at 144th and Center was exclusively an Oldsmobile dealership until Oldsmobile was killed. They moved their Buick franchise there from 60th and L and bought the Pontiac and GMC franchises from Stan Olsen after that. The former Regan Buick showroom is now Woodhouse Mazda and was just extensively remodeled to be more characteristic of other Mazda dealerships.
Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep: The former Chrylser/Jeep location is now Performance Ford. The Dodge franchise, before they bought it, was known as Ron Olsen Dodge and was located in what was Mitsubishi of Omaha's former showroom which has since been torn down in front of Westroads.
Gregg Young Chevy: Probably the most ghetto-making, their former showroom on Crown Pointe is now a used car dealership (which they own).
Gorges Volvo: Former showroom at 60th and L now sells construction equipment (also kind of a ghetto-maker)
Superior Honda: fromer showroom at 35th and Broadway in CB was a check cashing place, but has since been torn down and is now a Bucky's gas station
Acura of Omaha: former showroom at 84th and F still sells Kias as it did when Acura of Omaha was located there (they just separated the two brands).
Mercedes Benz of Omaha: Technically they moved east....they were at a former construction equipment dealership at Industrial and Center until they built their new place at 144th and L. Before that, however, they were sold at the former Lithia Chrysler aka Jim Earp Chrysler at 60th and L.
Performance Chrysler/Jeep: Used to be Grube Chrysler Jeep in downtown Papillion. Their former showroom now sells boats I believe.
Performance Toyota/Scion: Used to be Southroads Toyota off Fort Crook Road in Bellevue. Their former showroom went through the drastic transformation into....another Toyota dealership. It is now Bellevue Toyota. I think Bellevue Toyota used to be Bluffs Toyota, but I don't know where in CB that was located.
Other things to note:
The only empty car dealerships I can think of right now besides Regan is the former Rhoden Dodge in Council Bluffs and Lithia Ford.
Plaza Pontiac GMC Buick, which used to be at 60th and L with the Volvo dealership moved west, but to the former Sam's Club at 120th and L.
Performance Ford used to be Markel Ford. Markel traded the ford franchise for Baxter's Jag and Land Rover franchise. So, for what its worth, Jaguars and Land Rovers are now sold easterly of where they used to be (which is now Performance Ford at 120th and Dodge) in an extensively remodeled showroom at 102nd and California at the Westroads.
Stan Olsen Nissan/Hyundai is now exclusively a Nissan dealership (Nissan of Omaha). The Hyundai franshise was moved east to the former Stan Olsen Pontiac/GMC/Saab/Subaru dealership at the Westroads. Of those brands that were moved out of there, Subaru was built its own showroom on the Olsen lot, Saab is (was?) now sold in the Cadillac showroom at Huber, and Pontiac and GMC were sold to the now defunct Regan company.
Of the handful of new or additional franchises that opened up in Omaha recently (ie didn't exist previously somewhere else) only the CarMax used car dealership was built on a greenfield site. Huber Hummer used to be parking lot on the Huber campus. Mini of Omaha is in the former and extensively remodeled Markel BMW showroom (Markel BMW was moved to the main building with Jag and Land Rover). smart Center La Vista was built as an addition onto Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Todd Archer Hyundai used to be Metro Mitsubishi. Performance VW could be considered greenfield development or infill depending on how you look at it.
That said, I do believe the former Regan store is a bit bigger than where Performance Ford is now. Their lot always seems to be crowded. This makes way for a prime-redevelopment opportunity at that corner. I highly doubt that showroom will be sitting empty or underused for too long.[/list]
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