Darrow Group expanding local dealership
White House of Music to move store

By DAVE RANK - Daily News

July 2, 2014

WEST BEND - A $350,000 expansion of the Darrow Group’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, 3210 W. Washington St., West Bend, will absorb next-door neighbor White House of Music.

The city’s Plan Commission agreed to recommend rezoning the 0.87-acre lot, 3218 W. Washington St., to allow the Darrow Group to renovate the existing 8,000-square-foot, metal frame building into an auto repair shop and accessories sales area for the dealership.

The commissioners also approve the Darrow Group’s site plan.

The Darrow Group, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, said it plans to hire 10 additional employees with the expansion.

White House of Music, based in Waukesha, plans to move to a new location in West Bend, Professional Consultants Inc. President Chad Kemnitz said. Kemnitz represented the Darrow Group during the commission meeting.

White House of Music sells, rents and repairs musical instruments. Owner Christopher White has said he is looking at other locations in the city.

With the approval of the commission, Kemnitz said, Darrow will complete its purchase of the White House of Music property.

“We plan to start in early September and we’ll be done by Jan. 1,” Kemnitz said.

The remodeling will add three overhead shop doors to the building and remodel the front area, West Bend’s Business and Development Planner Jim Reinke said.

White House of Music has been in West Bend since 2001. The chain also has shops in Germantown, Wauwatosa and Watertown.

The Darrow Group has had a dealership in West Bend, where the company was founded, since 1965. It also has Russ Darrow Toyota at 2700 W. Washington St.