Bettenhausen car dealership in Lockport preparing for May opening

Steven Strait, mayor of Lockport, stands with one of two new murals he designed that will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting on Saturday in downtown Lockport. The ribbon cutting will also celebrate the completion of Lockport's StoryWalk.

Lockport — The Bettenhausen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Lockport Square is nearing its opening date and has begun efforts to hire new employees.

The Lockport dealership, which will open later this spring at 16471 W. 159th St. in the Lockport Square development, held a hiring fair for full- and part-time sales, administrative, and service positions on April 5 and 6, and will hold second one from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, according to the company’s LinkedIn account.

The hiring event will take place at the dealership and give applicants a chance to meet the existing team.

The dealership is expected to create about 100 new jobs in total.

Bettenhausen CDJR’s Lockport location was announced in August 2022 and broke ground later that year. The 35,000-square-foot facility was originally expected to open in April, however, that date has been pushed back slightly to early May, according to Lockport City Administrator Ben Benson.

Bettenhausen Automotive has other dealerships in Orland Park and Tinley Park.

Concept art of the Lockport Bettenhausen dealership.