Not all new business lies on south end

By ALEX ZANK - Daily News

Aug. 7, 2015

WEST BEND - Leitheiser Car Company plans to open a second used car lot on West Washington Street.

Tim Leitheiser said in a phone interview the dealership will have 20-25 cars at the new location and plans to have it operating sometime in the fall.

The companys original lot is located on Highway P on the south side of West Bend.

Leitheiser said he sold some cars last summer in the lot where the Ponderosa restaurant once stood.

I kind of liked it over there, he said. I liked the exposure.

Most of the automobile dealerships in town are along that strip anyway, he said, adding he likes the four lanes of traffic.

I found there were a lot of people on that side of town that didnt even know we were here (at the south end).

With all the development at the south side of town for example, the 192,000-plus-square-foot Meijer store it might be easy to forget everything on the north end.

City Administrator T.J. Justice said Paradise Drive emerged as the commercial and retail center of the city after it was built in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He pointed to continued investment on West Washington Street and the north side in general.

The on-going investment by Hendricks Development Group really will spark an opportunity for additional investment on the north end, Justice said.

He said development lends itself to places connected to major highway systems like Highway 45, where there is a lot of traffic.

Cities often plan their zoning around development at these sections of town.

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