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Napleton takes steps toward new car dealership at former Best Buy site

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 12, 2021) – The Napleton Group has taken initial steps toward opening a new car dealership at 17151 Torrence Avenue, the former Best Buy building.

On Tuesday, May 4, the Village Board of Trustees authorized the sale of the property, which was home to Best Buy for decades until the electronics retailer closed in the fall of 2017. The Village is selling the property to EFN Red Fin LLC, a holding company of the Napleton Group, according to Village Attorney Matt Welch.

Napleton Group Director of Real Estate Rick Brandstatter said Napleton’s goal is to create a “complete auto campus or Auto Park” at the site, which would entail bringing one or more automobile franchises to Lansing.

The new location at 17151 Torrence Avenue would be just a stone’s throw northwest of the existing Napleton’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership on Torrence. The Napleton Group also owns Napleton’s River Oaks Honda on the west side of Torrence.

A new Napleton location at the former Best Buy site (background) would be a short distance from the existing Napleton’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (foreground). (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Brandstatter said opening a new franchise requires manufacturer approval and is sometimes a long process. He estimated that little work would be done on the site this year, adding, “Hopefully everyone will see some actual physical activity at the site sometime in 2022.”

The Napleton Group also owns 17149 Torrence Avenue, the current home of K&G Fashion Superstore.

During its May 4 meeting, the Village Board also approved a Facade Program application for Napleton’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the amount of $49,605.90. The money will help Napleton improve their property at 17111-17245 Torrence Avenue.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.