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Former Ludington Nissan dealership is sold

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Bob Rohrrrrrman has come to town.

Mark Battista, director of the Bob Rohrman Auto Group, introduced himself Wednesday to Burns Harbor town officials. Rohrman is the new owner of the former Ludington Nissan at 220 Verplank Rd. south of U.S. 20.

Rohrman owns 26 various dealerships in Illinois and Indiana including Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.

Regarding Burns Harbor, “Nissan contacted us,” Battista told The Chesterton Tribune. “Bob Rohrman did a walk through at the dealership and in the town and liked what he saw.”

Introduced was Jim Ludington, Rohrman’s Burns Harbor manager.

Ludington built the modern Nissan franchise there in 2007 after moving his dealership from Chesterton. However, in February, 2009 Ludington Nissan closed when a court entered a seizure order for personal property and 227 vehicles to settle unpaid loans.

Wednesday, Ludington told the Town Council, “Thanks to everybody for their support and we’re glad to be back.”

The biggest question regarding the new Rohrman dealership is its name: Chesterton Nissan.

Ludington said when the site’s address is entered into a GPS locator unit, the name Chesterton comes up. The name listed on Rohrman’s website is Bob Rohrman Nissan of Chesterton in Burns Harbor.

Battista said it’s not uncommon for dealerships to have a different name than where they’re located. “Arlington Lexus is in Palatine.”

The new Burns Harbor dealership offering sales, parts and service has been open for a week and Battista said a future grand opening is planned. With all the recent Toyota recalls, he said his group believes interest in Nissan will be strong. “It’s a great product and we’ve been really successful with it.”

At other locations Rohrman also sells Kia, Ford, Lincoln/Mercury, Scion, Accura, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Infiniti, Toyota and Saturn.

Rohrman’s immediate neighbors in Burns Harbor are Lake Shore Ford Mercury Toyota and Scion, and Arnell Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

 

Posted 2/12/2010

 

 

 

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