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(As printed in the Palm Beach Post - Thursday, March 12, 2009)

     Who knew that when Jim Arrigo, along with his father Joe, purchased his first auto dealership --- a 50-year-old Dodge only facility on Okeechobee Boulevard near I-95 --- back in 1989 that he would eventually transform it into one of the largest and most successful dealerships in the country?
     Then again, given the Arrigo family's history in (and passion for) the auto business, maybe we all should have seen it coming.
     Joe Arrigo, the patriarch of the family, had been selling cars for as long as Jim can remember (nearly 60 years to be exact).  In fact, Jim grew up idolizing his father and always knew that one day he, too, wanted to be involved in that world.
     Jim, who grew up in Chicago, attended Western Illinois University where he earned his degree in management and a minor in marketing.  After graduation, he spent a few months working at a car dealership in Atlanta before joining Deerfield Beach based Southeast Toyota, owned by Jim Moran --- who his father had actually worked for 30 years earlier.  
     "I worked there for about 10 years," said Arrigo.  "I did anything that needed to be done and really enjoyed it."
     It was after those 10 years that, in 1989, father and son decided to buy that Dodge dealership in West Palm Beach.  It was a 30,000 square foot facility sitting on a 5-acre lot, but it was also the beginning of something much bigger --- not only for Jim and Joe, but for the entire Arrigo family.
     Two years later, Jim bought his father out, but Joe stayed on as Chairman of the Board.  Then in 1993, Jim's brother John and his sister Virginia Landrum joined the team.  John then assumed the role of General Manager and Virginia was named CEO.  Other family members have joined in the years since, including a couple brothers-in-law, Don Landrum and Bob Watson.
     Jim Arrigo added the Chrysler and Jeep brands in 2003 after purchasing them from Roger Penske and, the next year, Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep moved into its new home at 6500 Okeechobee Blvd.
     The 110,000 square foot dealership takes up 44 and 1/2 acres --- talk about an upgrade! --- and not an inch is wasted.  There are 48 service and collision bays, an enormous parts department with more than $3 million worth of inventory, a customer lounge with Wi-Fi access, and an on-site Enterprise Rent-A-Car location, not to mention about 1,750 vehicles (1,500 new/250 pre-owned) on the lot at all times.
     "We are volume oriented," said Arrigo.  "The higher the inventory, the easier it is to discount.  Our selection is tremendous and there's nothing we won't do to help put a deal together.  We love to say 'yes'."
     Clearly the Arrigo family has come a long way but, believe it or not, they're still growing!  In fact, they welcomed their newest addition last April when Jim, John and Virginia purchased Sawgrass Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Tamarac.
     "We've been family-owned and operated since 1989 and we pride ourselves on the friendly and fair atmosphere that creates for our customers," said Arrigo.  "We work with one customer at a time so we can find out what their considerations are and be sure they are buying a vehicle on their terms - not ours."      --by Keith Merritt


 
Florida's Largest Dealer Doubles in Size

(As printed in the Sun-Sentinel - Friday, May 2, 2008)

     For 18 years, Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep has been a leading force in the Automotive Industry, based on a 44 acre facility in West Palm Beach.
President Jim Arrigo now announces its newest acquisition of Fairbanks Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Broward County making Arrigo one of the largest volume retailers in the nation.  But this isn't Arrigo's first expansion, "We started out at Okeechobee Boulevard and I-95 and with a volume sales agenda, we quickly grew out of room." 
In 2004, Jim Arrigo moved his successful dealership further down Okeechobee Blvd., on the corner of the Turnpike.  "No dealership in the country offered our vast inventory, we consistently have over 2000 vehicles in stock, and sometimes upward of 3,000 vehicles"
     Now, Arrigo offers South Florida double everything, 4000 plus vehicle selection at two extremely convenient, accessible locations, state of the art 5 Star service, Lifetime Powertrain Warranty and their successful brand of professionalism where the
"Customer is always First" that has made them one of the largest dealers in the United States.
     Jim Arrigo goes on to describe Arrigo's newest facility.  "Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep Sawgrass is the familiar multi-story dealership seen from the Sawgrass Expressway at Commercial Boulevard and now we're applying the Arrigo way of doing business in Broward County."
     Sawgrass offers 330,000 square feet of inventory, sales and 60 service bays.  "Now buyers can choose from over 4,000 vehicles at two Arrigo locations," he adds, "West Palm Beach at Okeechobee Boulevard and the Florida Turnpike, and now at Commercial Boulevard and the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward."
     Jim Arrigo points out how Arrigo ownership and management will boost buyer confidence in service for the Sawgrass location.  "Arrigo offers buyers the assurance that their vehicle will be taken care of by Five Star trained Chrysler technicians, thoroughly updated on the latest products and techniques to keep their vehicles safe and running at peak performance."
     Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep has long been famous for their entertaining commercials, their thoroughly professional treatment of each customer and their annual renewal of Chrysler's Five Star rating in selling and servicing customer vehicles.  Both dealerships proudly offer up front pricing avoiding additional markups and confusion, professional and knowledgeable sales people to help you find the right vehicle and the largest selection of new and quality pre-owned vehicles.
     Finally Jim Arrigo says, "Our size and buying power is revolutionizing South Florida.  We stock more, we sell each vehicle for $500 less than any competitor advertises or hand you $1000 and I invite you to see for yourself in the West Palm location or now in the Sawgrass location.

Contact Information

Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep WPB

6500 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33411
sales Sales:
800-234-8820
service Service:
800-235-3077
parts Parts:
800-235-3209

Hours

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM