Few ‘professions’ (if that’s the word) are better suited to serve as examples of income inequality than automotive journalism. Sure, we get the press loaner and a tank of gas, but with the decline of traditional media there’s been a precipitous decline in compensation. With that, know we don’t begrudge a Porsche owner his or her success; if you’re intending to enjoy your status in the Top 1%, Porsche ownership is one of the better ways to do it.
That’s if, of course, you also enjoy a good dealer. If living near Grapevine, Texas, your chances of enjoying a good Porsche dealer are made significantly easier by the opening of Park Place Porsche, one of the truly great automotive alliterations. This – as we’re told in the below release – is Park Place Dealership’s 17th store, and seems timely given Porsche’s ongoing growth, both globally and here in these United States. And the new store is located close to existing Park Place showrooms, including Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Jaguar/Land Rover. (It’s also, incidentally, within an easy ride or hike of Mad Duck Cycles and, uh, the Grapevine What-a-Burger.)
So, whether it’s a new Macan or the dream of owning a pre-owned Boxster, dealer Ken Schnitzer supplies one more place to spend your money…or – more likely – drain the credit cards.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (July 23, 2018) – Park Place Dealerships opened its 17th dealership, Park Place Porsche, today in Grapevine, Texas. The two-story, 68,000-square-foot Porsche dealership is situated on five acres and is located off Texan Trail and SH 114 near Park Place Motorcars, Park Place Lexus and Park Place Jaguar Land Rover.
With a thirst for the product coupled with the brand’s reputation for providing a great driving experience, Porsche enthusiasts will appreciate Park Place Porsche Grapevine’s new showrooms which can accommodate up to 21 different vehicles. Visitors will see the full range of models, such as the 911, Cayman, Boxster, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne.
“This is one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the country and we designed the space to bring the brand to life so clients can explore the iconic brand making the experience their own,” said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “Porsche has a long and renowned history with a loyal customer base that continues to grow. With the new Macan and 911 coming out in the next year, Northeast Tarrant County is a prime location for this brand.”
Porsche Cars North America recently announced retail sales in June were up 8.3 percent compared to year-over-year sales, recording the sixth consecutive monthly record since January. The United States is the largest single market for Porsche, with U.S. buyers accounting for 28 percent of 911 purchases worldwide.
“The expansion of Porsche into Northeast Tarrant County allows us to introduce the brand to potential new owners and to better meet the needs of current clients,” said Schnitzer. “With a facility of this size, we have lots of room for clients to experience every Porsche model in a comfortable setting year-round and to service their vehicle in our state-of-the-art service center.”
The multi-million-dollar project features a shop with 28 service bays, a comfortable client lounge, boutique, and a large service drive for the optimum client experience.
Park Place Porsche Grapevine will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified based on the building’s focus on energy savings, water, resources, and generating less waste. Good, Fulton & Farrell was the architectural firm for the project with Hill & Wilkinson handling the general contractor duties.
This is the second Porsche dealership for the company and the fourth dealership in Grapevine which opened Park Place Lexus in 2000, followed by Park Place Motorcars relocating from Bedford in 2011, and Park Place Land Rover Jaguar opening last July.
Park Place continues to lead the automotive industry with innovative offerings such as a subscription service. Launched earlier this year, Park Place Select is the first subscription service offered in Texas by a dealership group and offers subscribers three tiers of vehicles to align with a client’s lifestyle and budget.
Park Place also opened an auction house this year in Plano for registered dealers and wholesalers. Park Place Auto Auction offers hundreds of vehicles each week from its dealerships across North Texas.
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people at 17 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.