CarMax to set up shop at new Gaithersburg location -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 4:55 p.m., Feb. 24, 2014.

CarMax Auto Superstores Inc. is moving forward with plans to develop a new auto dealership on a site in Gaithersburg after the city’s planning commission gave the green light at a Wednesday meeting.

The auto company plans to build on a 10.66-acre portion of land at 16331 Shady Grove Road, according to Community Planning Chief Trudy Schwarz.

After demolishing the existing building on the site, CarMax will build a 20,233-square-foot structure that will house a sales center, service area and car wash, according to the final site plan submitted to the city. Space has also been designated for an outdoor sales staging area and showroom.

CarMax plans to relocate its store on North Frederick Road to the new spot, a little less than a mile to the north.

The site, currently occupied by a shuttered Great Indoors retail store, is part of about 28 acres of land that were annexed into the city of Gaithersburg last year after a dispute between the city and Rockville’s leaders.

During the summer of 2012, Gaithersburg moved to annex the property. Some Rockville officials took offense to Gaithersburg’s annexation of the site, saying they considered Shady Grove Road the natural border between the two cities. Since the property was on the south side of the street, they thought Gaithersburg should decline to annex the property and leave it for Rockville.

CarMax spokeswoman Catherine Gryp said the company has no established timeline on when construction is expected to begin or when the store might open.

“Right now, we are working from a schedule that includes new store openings until the third quarter of the 2015 fiscal year (which is through the end of November 2014) and this is not among those listed,” she wrote in an email to The Gazette.