BEND - Leitheiser Car Company plans to open a second
used car lot on West Washington Street.
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.
company’s 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.
kind of liked it over there,” he said. “I liked the
Most of the automobile dealerships in town are along
that strip anyway, he said, adding he likes the four
lanes of traffic.
found there were a lot of people on that side of town
that didn’t 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
easy to forget everything on the north
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.
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.
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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