Greater Tulsa Reporter
FIRST DIRT: Present at the Jackie Cooper groundbreaking are, from left, Jerry Sole, Infiniti After sales manager; John Stava, owner, Stava Building Corp.; Bob Duncan, realtor, Duncan Realty; Mark Lorentz, director of fixed operations, Jackie Cooper Imports of Tulsa; Greg Kach, Jackie Cooper Imports of Tulsa managing partner; Mike Neal, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce; Phil Lakin, Tulsa city councilor, District 8; and James Donley, dealer operations manager, Infiniti.
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Tulsa community and business leaders recently joined Jackie Cooper Imports of Tulsa executive management, staff and Infiniti USA representatives at 88th Street and South Memorial Drive for the groundbreaking of the company’s third Tulsa location. The eight-acre site is the future location of a stand-alone Jackie Cooper Infiniti retail and service facility. Estimated construction cost is $10 million.
Jackie Cooper began doing business in Tulsa in August 1991 and is now an authorized dealership for Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Nissan, Smart and Porsche. The Infiniti franchise was acquired in late 1998 and opened in 1999. Other Jackie Cooper dealership locations include Jackie Cooper Imports at 9393 South Memorial Drive (opened in 1999) and Jackie Cooper Nissan at 9898 South Memorial Drive (opened in 2005). Jackie Cooper’s current Infiniti retail and service operations are located in the multi-franchise automotive complex at 9393 S. Memorial Dr. The Tulsa dealership currently employs about 250 team members.
Architect Michael Dwyer designed the new 36,000-square-foot stand-alone Infiniti retail, service, administrative and warehouse complex. Stava Building Corporation of Tulsa will provide construction services. Completion is expected to be in spring 2018.
“The continued growth of our Infiniti sales, the manufacturer’s model expansion and concept cars in development make this the opportune time to expand our Infiniti facility so we may continue to offer exceptional service to our Infiniti customers,” says Jackie Cooper Imports Managing Partner Greg Kach.
Jackie Cooper is Tulsa’s exclusive Infiniti dealership. The Infiniti full line of 10 luxury performance vehicles includes the Q50, Q50 Hybrid, Q70, Q70 Hybrid and Q70L Sedans, the Q60 Coupe, the QX30, QX50, QX60, QX70 Crossovers and the full-size SUV, the QX80.
The new facility will provide approximately a 300-percent increase in overall space compared to the current area dedicated to the Infiniti showroom, customer amenity areas, service department and parts inventory. It will also allow the dealership to consolidate and expand current vehicle detail operations housed at existing locations.
“Within a year of opening, we anticipate staffing to include approximately 60 team members,” says Jackie Cooper Imports Director of Fixed Operations and Infiniti Project Manager Mark Lorentz.