Rosenthal Dealership on Columbia Pike Closing Tonight

by ARLnow.com June 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm 12,749 88 Comments

Today’s the last day in business for the Rosenthal Chrysler Jeep dealership and service center at 3400 Columbia Pike.

According to an employee who answered the phone, the dealership will close permanently after tonight. Employees are either being transferred to other Rosenthal dealerships or were given advance notice that they should seek other employment, we’re told.

The Rosenthal site, at the corner of Glebe Road and Columbia Pike, is set to be redeveloped into a multi-family residential complex. The plans for the complex includes a six-story building with 245 apartments, 44 townhouses, 12 stacked flats and retail space on the ground floor.

The Arlington County Board approved the redevelopment last month.

Photo via Google Maps

  • thelevyisdry

    That would explain why I didn’t get my regular oil change coupon.

    • Arlington, Northside

      It is sad, will no longer be able to get warrenty work done on my Jeep anywhere inside the Beltway on this side of the river. 🙁

      • V Williams

        Wow, I was completely blown when I pulled up this morning to get my oil changed and everything was closed. Would be nice to know whether other dealerships will honor packages/incentives purchased with vehicle.

  • Southie

    Hello Street Car!

  • Eric

    Automobile dealerships and streetcar lines generally don’t go together on the same street.

    • nom de guerre

      How about a streetcar dealership? Or is that a clown question, bro?

  • Arlwhenver

    You can take your Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep vehicle to Springfield (Safford) or south of the Beltway on Route 1 (Ourisman) for service and repair. This is smart growth. Condos, apartments and bistros — not much else.

    • South Awwlington

      I don’t think you can successfully argue that this car dealership is closing because of smart growth.

      I think you can successfully argue that this car dealership is closing because the land it sits on simply became to valuable to the owners to remain a car lot.

      This happens all over the Country and not only in areas that follow smart growth planning principles.

      • Arlington, Northside

        “Smart Growth” made it too valuable. 🙁

    • John K.

      Also taverns, gyms, and dry cleaners!

      • Nick81

        Don’t forget fro-yo shops!

    • drax

      Bike dealerships.

      • er,wait

        THAT would be perfect.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    But you soon will be able to have your Audi serviced on Columbia Pike…:)

    Methinks the Rosenthal family own that dealership too.

    • Jay W

      I used to work there & I said this would happen soon. Rosenthal does own the Audi in Alexandria that they are moving to Columbia Pike in the old Browns Nissan

      • brian

        I remember one sports car in there back in 2001, that had a “dealer markup”, and it was like 10k over invoice. Nice market adjustment.

        I would never buy from there.

        • CrystalMikey

          That kind of thing happens at pretty much every dealership. Not unique to Rosenthal at all.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Prowlers had that markup EVERYWHERE when they first came out. They could not move them a year and a half later.

  • Roover

    get it outta here. Glad to see new development probably the most important intersection on the Pike. It will be a major improvemwent!!

    • The REAL money will be made at the corner of George Mason and the Pike… ya’ know, where my boy with the Uncle Sam hat dances all day.

      BTW, you’d never see that along Lee Hwy. I would play dumb and ask why, but why as why.

      Change is and even if the police want to ignire it, the new commercial property owners won’t.

      Like I said, change is good.

      Very good.

      • SoArl

        I’ve always called that guy Uncle Sam, too! is he stil there? I havent’ seen him lately.

        • LuLu

          The Uncle Sam guy has been there lately, he just hasn’t been wearing his hat.

          • bringmetheyuppies

            his hat got stolen. Told him I’d buy him a new one when they arrived in stores for 4th of July.

          • Bad Jokes

            “his hat got stolen. ”

            Man that is low….

          • PR

            We should get him a selection of seasonal hats. Elf hat for Christmas, green bowler for St Patty’s, Jester hat for mardi gras, etc.

          • y’all jus’ funny!

  • Mc

    Still too many used car dealers in Arlington, but a welcome development.

  • Barry

    So how many hours will I have to wait in line to buy fuel for my Prius because the non-resident ‘planners’ at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, who live in McLean, Annandale, etc,. want to replace all Arlington’s service stations with upscale condos, restaurants and retail?

    • drax


    • Annadalian

      I would LOVE it if some of annandale’s services stations could be replaced by condos and fro yo shops.

    • Spectator

      Perhaps the condo will have a gas station under it like the church in Roslyn.

  • Joey

    Oh cool another mixed use building

    • Bad Jokes

      But will it have a black box theater ???

      • WeiQiang

        that’s a clown question, brah

        • Bad Jokes

          I hear that if you go into a black box theater that you never come out…kind of like light in a black hole or money going into 2100 Clarendon Blvd…just what I have heard…..

  • 1234

    Lets just hope they’re closing the used car lot on the other side of glebe as well.

    • South Awwlington

      Lol which one, there’s like 7 or 8.

  • Jeep

    Can’t stand in the way of progress, I know, but as a Jeep owner, this kind of sucks. I go to this place all the time (seriously). Anyone who owns a Jeep knows that you have to be prepared to take it in all the time. Ok, it isn’t that bad. But I do go pretty often and it is going to be a huge pain to not have them nearby.

    Rosenthal, too bad you didn’t move the Jeep dealer to another inside-the-beltway location, maybe at another one of your dealerships. Or at least offer a service department.

    • chuck

      If you asked them, you’d know that they are opening another Jeep location inside Arlington, they just are able to reveal the location at this time.

      • Jeep

        Was basing that on an email they sent out — they said they lost their lease and they are done. (I am guessing the email was not perfectly accurate in talking about a lease.)

        But hope you are right.

        I’m getting sick of smart growth, if it means I have to get basic services done in other towns and counties. Not that easy to do when you work downtown full time. The community I grew up I’m had a policy of no growth. I now see some benefits to that.

        • big_spaniel

          Now you have to go out to somewhere in Faixfax to get your lawn mover fixes.

          Yes. I still do cut my own grass. Thank you.

        • Suburban Not Urban

          Ah – one more enlighted one – that 100 froyo shops and stores that don’t actually want to have window displays at ground level only 15 feet from the street and major stretches of street where the sun only touches for 15 minutes at noon is not such a good concept.

        • I’m confused

          getting a Jeep serviced at the dealer is a basic service?

          I’m betting there are hundreds of small towns around the USA without Jeep dealerships any closer than you will have now.

          • Arlington, Northside

            And the small towns have little density in the way of what ever is the closest dealership, additionally they have far few vehicles that need to be serviced. The loss of the local dealers are a hardship consequence of our smart growth/revitilization in Arlington.

    • LuLu

      This totally sucks. I bought my car there in 2005 and have been taking it there faithfully. Rude of them not to say goodbye, isn’t it? Wonder where Harry Stein ended up?

      • Arlington, Northside

        I wonder where Larry will land. He has been watching over my Cherokee for over a decade now, and the Wrangler for a while before that.

      • jane2012

        LuLu (and everyone else) – Harry Stein now works at:

        Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Springfield
        6801 Commerce St Springfield, VA 22150

        Service: (703) 866-1700

        Give him a call! He loves his Rosenthal customers.

      • HARRY

        Hey Lulu I have landed on my feet at Safford Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge (703)866-1750 6801 Commerce Street Springfield Va 22150 Make sure you ask for Harry Stein

    • The technicians moved down here with me at Safford Jeep Chrysler Dodge 6801 Commerce Street Springfield 22150 (703)866-1750 ask for HARRY STEIN

      • Jane2012

        Great news! Thanks for the update Harry!

        • Jane2012

          We miss our great, local service.

          • jeep customer

            I found Larry at Farrish Jeep ii the Fairfax circle along with other Rosenthal techs.

  • Larry

    Sooner than you think you will be driving miles for every service that’s available now near your neighborhood.

    • onjulic

      Not fro-yo!!

  • charles

    CORRECTION: a six-story building with 245 apartments, 44 townhouses, 12 stacked flats and retail space with no set-back so Columbia Pike continues the thoughtless and unattractive trend toward canyon, thanks to the thoughtless and tasteless Arlington Planning Office.

    • onjulic

      Whoa! With a streetcar, it won’t be “unattractive”! (Buses are “unattractive.”) Let’s get rid of CW Fields Plumbing and the Broiler and that dump next to it, next! (Although I like the Broiler, I know it doesn’t appeal to the fro-yo crowd.)

      • jackson

        I will not tolerate any talk of closing or moving Broilers. None!

    • drax

      Set-backs suck.

    • Josh S

      Six storeys does not a canyon make.

  • Roover

    South Arlington baby!!!! Were the best!!!

  • BluemontBocce

    Hopefully there will be room for a bocce court.

  • PikeHoo

    Good riddance! Any way we can get a package demo deal with that slimy used car lot across the street from Rosenthal?

    • SoArl2

      That slimy used car lot is also Rosenthal, and they’ve started moving cars off of that lot as well. That said, that lot isn’t part of the redevlopment and nobody seems to know what the plan is for that lot.

  • LarryK

    Yes, we are going to be overwhelmed with restaurants and upscale retain. Plan on driving a long way to have your dog’s rabies vaccination renewed.

    • jackson

      Rosenthal did that? I had no idea!

  • JandA

    Know how far you have to drive to find a hardware store? Any others left in Arlington besides in Cherrydale and Westover? I am sick and tired of stupid growth.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Bill’s True Value at 2213 N. Buchanan Street by the corner of Rt.29 and Glebe.

      • I’m confused

        You know if its not the size of a Home Depot its not really a hardware store, right?

        • Arlington, Northside

          Home Depot is a mini lumber yard and home goods store, not a Hardware Store.

        • Spectator

          Can’t really call Home Depot a hardware store; perhaps a store with hardware. The staff have little or no experience or knowledge for answering customer questions; a true hardware’s staff does.

  • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

    I hope they price the 2 bedrooms at $3200/month, my Dad wont pay for me to live in anywhere that costs less than that because he is afraid my 3-series will get scratched or broken into.

    • Roover

      yeah right. Get outta here with that!!!!

  • ArlForester

    I wonder who will win the battle for the first unsuccessful restaurant to set up shop there. It would be kind of awesome if a Five Guys went in since their original location was at that intersection.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Only if Brenner’s Bakery made a return too!

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I second a return of Brenner’s. I miss them, they had some great stuff!

  • FourMileRunner

    Don’t worry about Smart Growth or Growth in general at the Rosenthal site. The good residents of Douglass Park are determined to put the kibosh any anything that results in ten more vehicles driving down their streets.

  • aNN

    A large piece of my life gone. Worked there 9 years in various office positions. Of course, I’m in Oakton now! But work in Rosslyn. Back to SA in a heartbeat if I could afford it!

  • YTK

    Wow– I remember when they started to build it. I remember the first Corvette there, AND the 1962 Corvette Mako Shark that was there for a few days. Bought a 1968 Camaro there too– wish I still had it.

    • John Snyder

      In the market for a cheap car, they showed me a Chevette with racing stripes. That is just so wrong.

      • nom de guerre

        We called the Chevette Shove Its. Chevettes were almost as iconic as the Pacer and the Gremlin.

        • Tabs

          Don’t forget the orange Pinto.

          • nom de guerre

            Was that before or after it burst into flames?

        • YTK

          HAHAHA! So did Sis and I !! She even OWNED ONE!!!

  • Dr_Klahn

    Or that head-turner the Citation (why would you name a crappy compact after a synyonym for a traffic ticket?)

  • kelly pickner

    Im so glad they closed that place Rose Wolf the controller was a fat rude monster the tag and title clerk was sleeping with the gm it was horrible !!!!


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