Jim Lupient of Lupient Auto Group Dies at 76

Local car dealer Jim Lupient, who built his first store, Jim Lupient Oldsmobile, in 1969, went on to found Lupient Automotive Group-which today operates dealerships throughout the Twin Cities.

Jim Lupient, founder of Lupient Automotive Group, died on Sunday following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, according to a Monday obituary in the Star Tribune.

Lupient, 76, was born in South Dakota, moved to St. Paul, and soon after moved again to Northeast Minneapolis when he was in grade school. After dropping out of high school, Lupient began his “meteoric rise” as an automobile salesman and had stints at several dealerships before building his first store, Jim Lupient Oldsmobile, in 1969.

He went on to start Lupient Automotive Group in 1986-which today operates dealerships in Golden Valley, Rochester, Bloomington, and Brooklyn Park, as well as three collision centers in the Twin Cities metro area.

According to the company's Web site, Lupient was the first Minnesotan to be recognized with Time magazine's “Quality Dealer of the Year” award, and he received several other prestigious awards for his work as an automobile dealer.

The obituary also points out that Lupient was an active member of the community, participating in the Better Business Bureau, becoming involved with Chambers of Commerce, and serving on the North Memorial Hospital and Foundation boards, among roles in other organizations.