Carvana distribution facility

Carvana, an online used car dealer, is well-known for its unique, vending-machine style distribution facilities. A reconditioning facility is in the works for Haines City.

HAINES CITY – It is official — Carvana staff cleared another step toward constructing a 200,000 square-foot facility that may create more than 400 jobs over the next several years.

For months, Carvana has been working with the Haines City Economic Development Council to bring a $46 million vehicle reconditioning plant to the city.

On Sept. 16, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a 10-year economic development ad valorem tax exemption to the company. Previously, on Sept. 3, the Haines City Commission approved the sale of two parcels, totaling almost 37 acres located at 3801 and 3901 County Road 544, near the Haines City Post Office.

The company will pay $921,750 for the two pieces of property.

Additionally, Carvana will purchase 82 acres on Bannon Island Road, which is south of the two parcels.

Carvana is an online used car dealership that allows customers to choose from more than 10,000 autos and complete financing, trade in their cars and other paperwork online. In 2018, it was the fastest growing automotive retailer in the country, according to Bloomberg.

“Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana, believes that Florida is home to some of the earliest markets and earliest adopters of the new way to buy a car,” said Cyndi Jantomaso, Haines City Economic Development Council President. “We are excited to have the company choose our location to build on that belief.”

This would be the seventh reconditioning plant in the country that Carvana has opened. It will support Carvana’s three distribution locations in Florida: Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

“Carvana will thrive in its new home here in Haines City and our community will do everything we can to help this innovative company find success in Polk County,” Jantomaso said.

The company is based in Tempe, Arizona, and sold 94,108 used vehicles online in 2018 with an annual revenue of nearly $2 billion.

It is not known when construction of the facility will begin.

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