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Jack Walser Begins The Walser Legacy
Starting with a small location in South St. Paul, Jack and two other investors purchased Peter’s Oldsmobile, starting up the Walser franchise and later adding Town’s Edge in Hopkins.
Acquisition Of Ford, Buick, And Mazda Franchises
Growth began quickly after success with the Oldsmobile dealership, as Jack acquired three more brands to add to the Walser name; a Ford location in St. Louis Park as well as the Mazda and Buicks located in Bloomington on Penn Avenue.
Chrysler-Plymouth And Chevrolet Join Walser
After the previous year’s growth, Chrysler-Plymouth joined the Walser umbrella at the same location in St. Louis Park with Ford, and three years later moved to its current site at the Walser Hopkins Chrysler Jeep dealership. Following that move, Walser purchased a Chevrolet franchise from Baldwin Chevrolet, creating the fifth Walser store in the market.
More New Dealerships, And New Leadership
During 1995, Walser acquired an existing Chrysler Plymouth Jeep franchise located in Red Wing, Minnesota, approximately 60 miles south of Minneapolis. But more importantly, in 1997, Jack’s sons Paul and Andrew Walser stepped in to take over the company from their father who was retiring, with Paul becoming CEO of the company
The Walser Way Begins
Under Paul’s leadership, all dealerships evolve from a typical dealership pricing model, involving haggling and hassling, to the beginning of the ‘one price’ model that we see today.
Accelerated Growth Of The Walser Automotive Group
Walser quickly grew under the leadership of Paul Walser, acquiring Bloomington Quality Lincoln Mercury, Burnsville Nissan Buick, Bloomington Peterson Pontiac GMC, Bloomington Freeway Dodge, Bloomington Toyota, Inver Hills Mazda, as well as a new Cadillac franchise which moved to Apple Valley and another Jeep franchise that joined the Walser Hopkins Chrysler location. Part of these acquisitions were consolidations of the locations, so as to create facilities better suited to giving customers the true Walser experience.
Wichita Joins Walser As The Walser Auto Campus
Walser made the greatest expansion at one time in the history of the company by purchasing the Wichita Luxury Collection. Consisting of nine luxury brands, Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, and Porsche, the group has been rebranded as the Walser Auto Campus. We are excited to be your destination for luxury vehicles and luxury experiences!
Luxury In One Location
After years of the first five brands of the group, Acura, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche, being located at the corner of Kellogg and Greenwich, it is announced that the Auto Plaza would be relocated to 13th and Greenwich, and rebranded The Wichita Luxury Collection.
Construction of Mercedes-Benz of Wichita is started and completed while adding Sprinter Commercial Vans and an AMG Center, Lexus of Wichita begins construction, and the Mercedes-Benz Grand Opening is hosted, showing off our state-of-the-art facilities!
The Luxury Collection Grows Larger
One of the most exciting years for the Wichita Luxury Collection, as early on in the year it was announced that Audi and Land Rover would be joining the Luxury Collection, and following that, Lexus of Wichita wrapped up construction in March! Going into March, we then announced Audi would be moving into a temporary facility so as to open as soon as possible, which occurred in August; then in November, the BMW franchise was purchased and relocated to our location at Kellogg and Greenwich! Finally, construction started on our new Jaguar-Land Rover location!
MINI Joins The Group
In February of 2015, MINI joined the Luxury Collection as the ninth and final brand to be sold here in Wichita! Audi Wichita also broke ground on their permanent facilities, with Jaguar-Land Rover completing their facilities in August!
WalsWalser Auto Campus Is Borner Auto Campus Is Born
As 2016 started up, MINI took a similar strategy to Audi, moving into temporary facilities so as to engage the Wichita audience as soon as possible! After that, Audi Wichita opened the doors of their top of the line facilities, and the most important news, that The Wichita Luxury Collection was sold to the Walser Automotive Group and renamed to the Walser Auto Campus!
Wayzata Nissan, Polar Chevrolet & Polar Mazda Joins Walser!
2017 was another year of big growth for Walser back in Minnesota. In July 2017, Walser acquired Walser Nissan Wayzata in Wayzata, MN. Several months later, it also took ownership Polar Chevrolet Mazda, a longtime dealership in the northeast metro suburb of White Bear Lake, MN. The stores were rebranded with Walser Polar Chevrolet remaining in its current location (along with its famous polar bear), while Walser Polar Mazda moved across the street to a new, state-of-the art facility. Walser Polar Mazda’s new Retail Evolution store officially opened for business in September 2018.