Carmack new dealership

Kathy Pichon of Rowdy Star Custom Creations puts up signage Thursday at the new Carmack used-car lot at Gilbert and Main streets.

Vermilion County’s busiest intersection will add a few more cars to the mix.

Carmack Car Capitol owner Gary Knight announced this week his dealership will open a satellite used-car business at the corner of Main and Gilbert streets, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Knight said he signed the lease late last month and employees have been preparing the site, which will house up to 30 used vehicles.

The site was previously a Cashland payday loan operation, which closed last year after less than a year of operation.

“I was just driving by one day and I thought that it would be a great location,” Knight said. “I didn’t even know it was for lease.”

Employees will start moving cars from the Carmack facility on North Vermilion in the northern reaches of the city this weekend. He said the lot and building needed very little renovation. The lease is for two years with an option to buy.

The new operation will be an “upscale” used car lot, Knight said, which will include high-profile, late-model vehicles.

“Hopefully it will give us a little more exposure,” he said. “There are people who never even make it up to the north side of Danville.”

He said there are an estimated 30,000-plus cars traveling through the Main and Gilbert intersection daily.

With the move, Carmack has added two new employees who will replace a manager and salesman tapped to operate the new satellite facility.

“It’s the busiest intersection in Vermilion County and I think the location will carry it (the new venture),” he said.

Knight said he hoped work being done at the site, which includes new lot lighting and a large flag and pole “will make a difference in Danville at that corner. The visual part will be improved.”

“We’re very excited to see the expansion of Carmack,” said Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer. “That’s a very visible corner and that location will provide better exposure for them.”

Eisenhauer said he thinks the car dealer might fare better at the location than past tenants due to the importance of visibility in selling cars. Before Cashland, the space was a gas station.

“It’s been difficult to fill and maintain for some reason or another,” he said. “We think it’s an exceptional use.”

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