Audi dealership opens in Pittsburgh’s Strip District
Pittsburgh’s Strip District has its first-ever auto retailer, a four-story Audi dealership along Liberty Avenue at 21st Street.
Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran, said the Strip with its growing residential and commercial base was a perfect location. Audi Pittsburgh opened last week. Cochran has scheduled a grand opening for Thursday evening featuring remarks from Audi of America President Scott Keogh and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
“We thought that the growth and the vibrancy of the Strip District brought a lot of unique advantages over where the other auto retail was located in Oakland,” Cochran said Wednesday. “We love the visibility of Liberty Avenue. There’s a lot of traffic passing by there. We love the accessibility. It’s pretty easy getting in and out of there.”
The building constructed on a former vacant lot and grounds stretch along Liberty from 21st to 17th Street and includes a showroom, service reception area, offices and rooftop deck. Customers can relax on the deck or in a Quattro Café serving free gourmet food and refreshments.
The service area is on 38th street, Cochran said. He said customers will drop off and pick up their vehicles at the showroom.
A large glass wall overlooking Liberty Avenue will offer views of the city skyline. An environmentally friendly “green wall” is planned for along Liberty Avenue. The facility has parking space for more than 200 new and used vehicles.
“There’s a lot of upside as far as we’re concerned,” Cochran said. “For those people who may need service, we have the complement of being right next to all this shopping and all these things going on in that area.”
Cochran has been selling cars in Pittsburgh since 1965. It started out as a Pontiac dealership and now operates 27 new vehicle franchises and employs more than 1,100 people.