Carvana, a web based used automobile dealership, started leasing a former automobile dealership at 126 U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich. This would be the firm’s first location in Maine. Picture courtesy of Charles Day

Carvana, a used automobile dealership that primarily operates on-line, is seeking to set up a brick-and-mortar location in Woolwich that can serve a lot of the state.

The roughly 15,000-sqare-foot, single-story constructing at 126 U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich was constructed to accommodate Brothers Chevrolet and options a number of storage doorways and practically 5 acres of paved house. Most lately, the constructing held BFC Marine, a brand new and used boat vendor.

Charles Day, an actual property agent with Portland-based Porta & Co., represented the constructing proprietor who established a long run lease with Carvana. Day declined to say how lengthy Carvana intends to lease the property or the price of the lease.

“My shopper bought the constructing within the spring as an funding property,” stated Day. “We put it out on the market and lease in mid-April and had loads of curiosity from completely different tenants and patrons, however we determined to go along with Carvana. This Woolwich location will function far north as Bangor and as far south because the New Hampshire border. I believe it’s an excellent spot for them and we hope they’re there for a very long time.”

Carvana operates by shopping for and promoting used automobiles on-line. The corporate will choose up or drop off a used automobile wherever the shopper asks, in response to its web site. This would be the Arizona-based firm’s first bodily location in Maine. It doesn’t have any areas in New Hampshire, however has 4 Massachusetts areas.

Woolwich Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Engert stated the city doesn’t know when the corporate hopes to open this Woolwich location as a result of the applying it submitted was deemed incomplete. The corporate will possible seem earlier than the Woolwich planning board on September 13 to obtain approval.

Throughout peak season, the placement will accommodate 156 autos, 18 worker parking locations and 6 rollback wrecker vehicles for hauling autos, stated Engert. Carvana isn’t planning to make any structural modifications to the constructing, however will make inside beauty enhancements like contemporary paint and new carpets.

In line with Carvana’s enterprise utility submitted to the city, the dealership hopes to function from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, however didn’t say what days of the week it is going to to be open or what number of workers it plans to rent.

“I believe it’s an acceptable use of the constructing,” stated Engert. “It definitely will likely be higher than a vacant constructing and it’ll be good to have it again on the tax rolls.” 

Carvana Public Relations Specialist David Klemow declined to touch upon the corporate’s plans for the brand new location in Woolwich.

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