Carvana installation still on schedule in Chesterfield despite challenges
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – An online used car dealership is heading to the greater Richmond area.
Carvana announced earlier this year that it is building a new facility in Chesterfield County along Woods Edge Road. Crews are building a 190,000 square foot reconditioning and inspection facility at a cost of $ 25 million.
Jake Elder, project manager for small business and site development with the Chesterfield County Economic Development Department, said the site would initially employ 400 people. Most of the site’s employees will be certified mechanics.
“What this allows us to do is partner with the Richmond and Chesterfield workforce community to create a pipeline. Not just to Carvana, but to any business that will need these certified mechanics, ”he said.
The pandemic has pushed more online customers to buy cars, but in 2020 Carvana’s project in Chesterfield took a hiatus.
“It’s a site that required a lot of site work. Lots of topographical challenges, which is why it hadn’t been developed for quite some time, ”Elder said.
Carvana has moved forward with the project by the end of 2020. Elder said the building is still on schedule to open next year.
“The reconditioning and inspection facility will be used to perform a 150-point inspection process on cars that customers purchase through Carvana,” Elder said. “Cars are shipped to pointed delivery stations which may be smaller locations across the mid-Atlantic and then end up at someone’s house or at one of the famous vending machines.”
Carvana is known for selling used cars online and has car vending machines located across the country where customers can collect their vehicles.
Residents of Richmond may also have the option of picking up their next car from an ATM that is expected to arrive in the city soon.
“I’m sure the people who live in this area have noticed the construction going on,” Elder said.
The Chesterfield site project is on schedule and is expected to be completed in late spring 2022, according to Elder.