For the last 60 years, the Bachrodt Family has been a large part of the growth of our fine community. The family is very active today in all facets of business as well as civic support.
The Bachrodt family opened their first Chevrolet dealership in Rockford in December 1953 on Church Street in downtown Rockford. The patriarch of the family, Lou Bachrodt, Jr., was the owner/operator of the store.
In 1962, Bachrodt built the largest Chevy Dealership in the US on Christina Street which today is the Eff School Bus Depot.
In 1980 we built the beautiful facility across from Cherryvale Mall, and have added several franchises to the Chevrolet car and truck line: Jeep, Isuzu, BMW, and Volkswagen. The Bachrodt Family also has the beautiful Pontiac / Buick / GMC dealership on East State Street, across from St. Anthony’s Hospital. Pat Bachrodt is the president of these two facilities.
In 1983 Lou Bachrodt III opened a Chevrolet dealership in Pompano Beach, Florida and in 1996 built a new Chevrolet facility in Coconut Creek. In October of 2001 a Chevrolet / Kia dealership was purchased in Ocala, Florida.
The Bachrodt family led the drive to create and build the Metro Center which is today the BMO Harris Bank Center, led the drive to fundraise and build Boylan Central Catholic High School, led the drive to fundraise and build St. Anthony Hospital, as well as many other area development projects.
The family has also served on many local boards to include Rosecrance, Motherhouse Crisis Nursery Fundraising Board, Family Advocate Board, Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Saint Elizabeth board, United Way Board of Directors, and Founding Member of the Hope for Haitian Committee.
Every month, a local organization is supported by events held at the Cherryvale location which include a local winter market, Rock River valley Blood Center donor drives, Earth Day activities, Child Safety events, Animal Rescue and Support events, Autism Support Events, Highschool Sports Events, music in our schools events, Animal Adoption events, and the largest single day toy drive annually supporting the Salvation Army.