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New Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep dealership in the works for northern Mount Pleasant

Galeana dealership in northern Mount Pleasant

A new Galeana Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep car dealership is planned for northern Mount Pleasant on U.S. Highway 17. Rendering/Goree Architects/Provided

A new car dealership could soon be driving into the northern extreme of Mount Pleasant.

Galeana Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep, an affiliate of Detroit-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, wants to build a new store on U.S. Highway 17 near Tupelo Forest Drive. The 5-acre site is about a mile north of Wando High School.

Plans under consideration include 312 parking spaces around a central structure.

Once the town signs off on the new dealership, it will take nine months to a year to build it, said Joe Owens, general sales manager of Galeana Chrysler Jeep in Columbia.

Owens referred other questions to operations manager Scott Rhodes, who could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesman said he was checking on the status of the proposed dealership.

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Galeana Automotive Group, launched more than 40 years ago in Michigan, also operates a Kia dealership in Columbia. Its four other stores are in Michigan and Florida. 

Mount Pleasant has a few new-car retailers, but nowhere near as many as the so-called Auto Mile on Savannah Highway in West Ashley or along Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

There are no dealerships in northern Mount Pleasant, one of the few places where vacant land is available in one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Primary car dealers in Mount Pleasant are Baker Motor Co. Mercedes-Benz, Starling Chevrolet and Low Country Volkswagen.

The town's Commercial Design Review Board will consider preliminary approval of the proposed dealership Feb. 26.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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