CarMax files full plans for Tupelo store
CarMax, which has been working for more than a year to build a store in Tupelo, filed its site plans with the city earlier this week.
The store will be a total of 7,467 square feet, with 4,394 dedicated to the sales area; the service area will have 2,439; and a future car wash will cover 936 square feet. A non-covered “presentation area” will take up the remaining 634 square feet.
The dealership will have 54 parking spaces for customers, while there are 151 spaces for vehicles that will be on sale.
A change in the city’s development code last fall allowed CarMax to move ahead with its plans. The company in earlier interviews said it was investing $5 million in the project. The company had gotten special conditional use by the Planning Committee, but the City Council had overruled it. CarMax later sued, but after a new development code was adopted, CarMax dropped its suit.
Some auto dealers in Tupelo had said in earlier arguments that they were denied opening used car dealerships in the Barnes Crossing District Overlay, where CarMax is building.
The site is on Tom Watson Drive, south of Fairfield Inn and Suites.