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‘Nation’s largest’ car dealer plans Boise location

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A car dealer that says it is the nation’s largest plans to open a dealership in Boise.

AutoNation USA applied to build a dealership at 12565 W. Fairview Ave. in Boise. The 4.7-acre site sits at the edge of the City of Boise boundary, right next to the Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens cemetery, and just east of the Village at Meridian and Meridian Fairview Walmart.

The building would include a 13,246 square foot area for vehicle and parts sales, as well as a 5,068 square foot shop, according to the application filed with the City of Boise.

In 2013, the city approved a repair facility and two “full service new car automotive dealerships” on the site for Larry H. Miller. Those plans never materialized.

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AutoNation on auto row

AutoNation USA was started by one-time Blockbuster Video owner Wayne Huizenga in 1996. and grew to more than 260 locations across the country, with $more than $20 billion in revenue. In the last decade, AutoNation rebranded many of the locations it owned across the US with the AutoNation USA name.

Some AutoNation stores carry new vehicles, but the permit for the Boise location specifies “used car” sales.

The location will join dozens of other car dealerships along Fairview Ave. from Milwaukee St. to the Village at Meridian, including a Carmax store across the street that opened in 2016.

The proposal will need design review approval from the City of Boise. A hearing date has not yet been set.

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Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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