It had been four years in the making for Jackie Cooper Imports, and Thursday, Oct. 17 was the date it all came to fruition as Jackie Cooper Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Tulsa celebrated their Grand Openings, and Porsche revealed its latest sportscar in one “Timeless” event.
Porsche Tulsa kicked off the evening in style with an official building dedication given by Father Gary Kastl, followed by heartfelt words by the Greg Kach family, and then an official statement by Porsche North America representatives.
The theme of the evening for Porsche Tulsa centered around their highly-anticipated 2020 Porsche 911 (992) reveal. A “Timeless Machine”, the Porsche 911 made its first debut to the world in 1963. In celebration of its birth, Porsche Tulsa transformed the evening into a modern Andy Warhol’s Factory art studio. With Silver Cloud balloon installations, sketch artists dressed as Andy Warhol, catering by Chef James of Palace Café, and live music by Full Flava Kings, guests were immersed in another time. A full 8-generation Porsche 911 lineup was on display, courtesy of the Cimarron Region Porsche Club, allowing fans to see firsthand the transformation of the Timeless Machine.
Jackie Cooper Mercedes-Benz followed up with an own official dedication of their building, with words by Father Kastl and Greg Kach, as well as gave an introduction to the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS and Mercedes-Benz GLE. The theme “Timeless” made its way throughout the showroom with multiple areas highlighting Tulsa Timeless offerings: a Saks 5th Avenue Chanel Beauty Bar, custom suits by Tom James, elegant watches by Moody’s, and live-working Tulsa artist, Marjorie Atwood.
JACKIE COOPER MERCEDES-BENZ
The all-new Jackie Cooper Mercedes-Benz, while technically open for business in late winter, was the first of the two brands to undergo a major renovation at its location at 9393 S. Memorial Drive.
Taking seven months to complete in the middle of an active campus, the new Mercedes-Benz Autohaus utilized over 36,000 manhours of labor, including 1,200 manhours of labor for design services, 24 different subcontractors and suppliers. Other impressive numbers include 5,500 ceiling tiles, 1,400 ceramic floor tiles, 317 individual light fixtures—powered by over 6,200 lineal feet of electrical wiring, 180 exterior pieces of glass, 141 interior pieces of glass, 195 gallons of paint, and over 200 cubic yards of concrete to support 14 new structural steel columns, which in turn support 65 steel beams and 5,420 square feet of new roof deck and roofing. All just for one brand—Jackie Cooper Mercedes Benz.
The new Mercedes-Benz facility boasts an open concept with a sightline that extends from one end to the other of the 19,547 square foot building, not including parts and service. A modern, elegant designed interior matches the timelessness of the brand, as well as the Jackie Cooper name.
Jackie Cooper Porsche, now known as Porsche Tulsa in this new phase of life for the brand, began its construction in January of this year, taking just a mere 9 and a half months to tear down the old (Jackie Cooper Mercedes-Benz Autohaus) and recreate it into the 12,010 square foot Porsche showplace it is now. With a sleek, European feel, Porsche Tulsa offers its customers a private fitting lounge for selecting vehicle’s amenities, a modern lounge and coffee bar, full Porsche Lifestyle boutique, and private delivery room with a state-of-the-art 250 sq. foot illuminated ceiling fixture, made of 3,720 individual LEDs contained within 620 light strips designed to fully elevate the Porsche delivery experience.
Both Jackie Cooper Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Tulsa received significant upgrades and amenities in the 47,034 square feet of space of their Parts and Service departments, as well.
JACKIE COOPER IMPORTS, THE FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY.
Jackie Cooper Imports, a family owned and operated import dealership group with a culture of ethical business and family, got its start in 1991 on 11th Street near downtown Tulsa. 28 years later, Jackie Cooper Imports consists of the brands Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, and Nissan, and employs approximately 250 team members over three locations on South Memorial Drive.