Infiniti of Lafayette, which since 1998 has operated a pre-owned lot and service center at 6866 Johnston St., is making a $5 million investment in a new car dealership in the Lafayette market. The new car facility is under construction next to Hampton Toyota, about 1.5 miles closer to the Mall of Acadiana than its current location at 6291 Johnston St.

  john_fabre
  Infiniti dealer John Fabre

The Lafayette operation opened in the late ’90s mainly to service locals who were buying Infinitis in Baton Rouge, says John Fabre, who owns the Infiniti and Acura franchises in the Capital City and has been in the car business since 1990. Infiniti, the luxury division of automaker Nissan, likes what it sees in the local market so much that it approved Lafayette as one of only a few markets to be awarded a downsized version of its dealership model, which got a totally new look about a year ago, according to Fabre. “Infiniti, until recently, didn’t think Lafayette was a big enough market. They designed this store for a small market,” he says.

infiniti_2

Designed with an eye toward preserving the trio of 100-year-old oaks on the site (Bob’s Tree Preservation was brought into the process early on), the approximately 16,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on six acres — ample space to add another franchise down the road, Fabre says. “We’re not going to develop all of it immediately,” the dealer says. Does that mean there could be a dealership for Acura, Toyota’s luxury vehicle division, in Lafayette’s future? “It’s possible,” he says. “That’s the goal, but it’s not a done deal.”

Infiniti’s pre-owned car dealership and service center will vacate the location it is currently leasing on Johnston Street once the new facility is complete — possibly by December. Infiniti of Lafayette now employs about 10 people and will immediately add a dozen employees when the new location opens.

To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.

Loading
Chart
ABiz Stock Watch
o Home Bancorp 22.08 ▲0.37 (1.70%)
o Frank's International 19.98 ▼0.12 (-0.60%)
o IberiaBank Corp 64.65 ▲0.02 (0.03%)
o LHC Group 25.49 ▼0.28 (-1.09%)
o MidSouth Bancorp 19.05 ▼0.06 (-0.31%)
o Petroquest Energy 6.41 ▼0.08 (-1.23%)
o PHI Inc. 41.52 0.00 (0.00%)
o Superior Energy 35.64 ▼0.08 (-0.22%)
o Stone Energy 34.33 ▼0.05 (-0.15%)
o Facebook Inc. 73.86 ▼0.77 (-1.04%)
o Twitter Inc. 49.43 ▲1.37 (2.85%)
o Gannett 33.75 ▼0.08 (-0.24%)
NYSE:HBCP

Home Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:HBCP] Last trade:22.08 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▲0.37 (1.70%)
NYSE:FI

Frank's International

Company ID [NYSE:FI] Last trade:19.98 Trade time:4:04PM EDT Value change:▼0.12 (-0.60%)
NYSE:IBKC

IberiaBank Corp

Company ID [NYSE:IBKC] Last trade:64.65 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▲0.02 (0.03%)
NYSE:LHCG

LHC Group

Company ID [NYSE:LHCG] Last trade:25.49 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼0.28 (-1.09%)
NYSE:MSL

MidSouth Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:MSL] Last trade:19.05 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▼0.06 (-0.31%)
NYSE:PQ

Petroquest Energy

Company ID [NYSE:PQ] Last trade:6.41 Trade time:4:02PM EDT Value change:▼0.08 (-1.23%)
NYSE:PHII

PHI Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:PHII] Last trade:41.52 Trade time:3:59PM EDT Value change:0.00 (0.00%)
NYSE:SPN

Superior Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SPN] Last trade:35.64 Trade time:4:04PM EDT Value change:▼0.08 (-0.22%)
NYSE:SGY

Stone Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SGY] Last trade:34.33 Trade time:4:01PM EDT Value change:▼0.05 (-0.15%)
NYSE:FB

Facebook Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:FB] Last trade:73.86 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▼0.77 (-1.04%)
NYSE:TWTR

Twitter Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:TWTR] Last trade:49.43 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▲1.37 (2.85%)
NYSE:GCI

Gannett

Company ID [NYSE:GCI] Last trade:33.75 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▼0.08 (-0.24%)
Advertisement

Read the Flipping Paper!

Click Here for the Entire Print Version of
ABiz
 
Advertisement
Advertisement