Bob Rohrrrrrman has come to town.
Mark Battista, director of the Bob Rohrman Auto Group, introduced himself
Wednesday to Burns Harbor town officials. Rohrman is the new owner of the
former Ludington Nissan at 220 Verplank Rd. south of U.S. 20.
Rohrman owns 26 various dealerships in Illinois and Indiana including
Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
Regarding Burns Harbor, “Nissan contacted us,” Battista told The
Chesterton Tribune. “Bob Rohrman did a walk through at the dealership
and in the town and liked what he saw.”
Introduced was Jim Ludington, Rohrman’s Burns Harbor manager.
Ludington built the modern Nissan franchise there in 2007 after moving his
dealership from Chesterton. However, in February, 2009 Ludington Nissan
closed when a court entered a seizure order for personal property and 227
vehicles to settle unpaid loans.
Wednesday, Ludington told the Town Council, “Thanks to everybody for their
support and we’re glad to be back.”
The biggest question regarding the new Rohrman dealership is its name:
Ludington said when the site’s address is entered into a GPS locator unit,
the name Chesterton comes up. The name listed on Rohrman’s website is Bob
Rohrman Nissan of Chesterton in Burns Harbor.
Battista said it’s not uncommon for dealerships to have a different name
than where they’re located. “Arlington Lexus is in Palatine.”
The new Burns Harbor dealership offering sales, parts and service has been
open for a week and Battista said a future grand opening is planned. With
all the recent Toyota recalls, he said his group believes interest in Nissan
will be strong. “It’s a great product and we’ve been really successful with
At other locations Rohrman also sells Kia, Ford, Lincoln/Mercury, Scion,
Accura, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Infiniti, Toyota and
Rohrman’s immediate neighbors in Burns Harbor are Lake Shore Ford Mercury
Toyota and Scion, and Arnell Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep.