The Infiniti Milwaukee auto dealership plans to move from Waukesha to West Allis and is slated to break ground on its new 31,700-square-foot building near Highway 100 in May with plans to move into the facility by the end of the year.
The new Infiniti dealership is to be constructed on a roughly 2.9-acre vacant site at 10595 W. Arthur Ave.. It will join other car dealers in the immediate area, including International Autos Group's BMW, Alfa Romao, MINI and Mercedes Benz dealerships as well as Heiser Chevrolet.
The dealership, owned by Lupient Automotive Group, will replace the existing Infiniti dealership in Waukesha, said Blain Boudreau, general manager of Infiniti Milwaukee.
Included in the new two-story building in West Allis will be an 8,400-square-foot service workshop, roughly 9,300 square feet of office space, 4,000 square feet of showroom space and 253 total spaces for parking. Boudreau said the second floor will have a parts level, offices and a conference room.
"We're building (a dealership) to be able to satisfy the entire Milwaukee market," he said.
Other features include a large glass sale above the entrance, 13 service bays, a dual-lane serve reception area and an attached car wash facility.
Construction of the new building is being managed by the Madison office of Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. The project architect is Gries Architectural Group Inc., of Neenah.
Boudreau said the site in West Allis was chosen because of its proximity to other high-end car dealerships. He added that building there further makes the area a "shopping destination," rather than a single location.
"It's a prime location for this particular type of franchise," he said.
Infiniti Milwaukee was established in 2007 by International Autos, and was originally located near the corner of Highway 100 and Arthur Avenue, said Boudreau. In December 2017, Lupient bought the dealership, which had grown to two locations, with one in Glendale and the other in Waukesha. In November, the dealerships were consolidated into the Waukesha location and the Glendale location became a Kia dealership.
The dealership's newest home in West Allis is expected to open before winter, said Boudreau.
Golden Valley, Minnesota-based Lupient also has dealerships in the Twin Cities area and Rochester, Minnesota. Its two Wisconsin locations are both in the Milwaukee area.