CarMax planning to build here


Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.

CarMax is moving ahead with plans to build a used-car superstore on N. Main Street.

The Gainesville Development Review Board unanimously approved a wellfield protection permit and development plan review for the dealership at its April 11 meeting.

The company has a contract to buy 13 acres of the wooded parcel north of Subaru of Gainesville at 4025 N. Main St., pending the permitting process.

The development plan calls for a 45,000-square-foot sales and delivery service building and a 3,700-square-foot car wash and gas station that would be available for the dealership’s use only and not for the general public.

“While we continue to get approvals on property in Gainesville, it can take one to three years to get all approvals, complete construction and open a new store,” said Michelle Topping Ellwood, CarMax public affairs coordinator.

CarMax, based in Richmond, Va., is a Fortune 500 company known for its “no-haggle” pricing with 120 locations.

— Anthony Clark

App developer

Mobiquity, a Boston-area mobile app developer, announced last Wednesday that it chose Gainesville for its expansion plans and expects to create 260 jobs over the next three years.

The company plans to open an office in Innovation Square, the area being redeveloped by the University of Florida and private developers along SW 2nd Avenue between campus and downtown Gainesville.

The jobs will pay an average salary of $49,000, according to the company’s application for tax rebates.

“The unique combination of highly educated students, graduates and professionals, and an ideal location, brought us to Gainesville,” Bill Seibel, founder and CEO, said in a news release. “The University of Florida provides a rich pool of engineers that will allow us to meet the demand of our clients to create quality, enterprise-class mobile solutions, while generating more jobs right here in the U.S. It is a win/win.”

The announcement has been anticipated for weeks. A recruiter from the company was on campus earlier last week.

Mobiquity is the second major information technology company to announce its expansion to Gainesville in two years, drawn by UF engineering talent and the low cost of doing business.

India-based Mindtree opened its first U.S. software development center here last year and expects to create 400 jobs over four years. Mindtree currently has 75 employees with an office in the Ayers Plaza in Innovation Square.

Sears also announced in March that it would recruit 25 UF computer engineering interns to work over the summer at locations around the country before bringing them back in the fall to work at a new IT office in Gainesville.

— Anthony Clark

Bookstore/bar

A new bookstore/bar opened April 5 on the southeast side of the Sun Center in downtown Gainesville.

Broken Shelves sells “good quality” used hardbacks and paperbacks in a variety of genres.

— Jennifer Waters

Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor and Jennifer Waters is a Gainesville Sun correspondent.

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