General RV Exploring New HQ in Wixom, Mich.
Multilocation dealer General RV Center has a tentative agreement to purchase about 33 acres of land in Wixom, Mich., at a former Ford Motor Co. manufacturing site where it plans to relocate its corporate headquarters.
Crain’s Detroit Business reported that the company, currently headquartered in Wixom, is expected to finalize the purchase from New York-based Trident Barrow Management this week, said Wixom City Manager Tony Nowicki. Barrow purchased much of the land in January.
Loren Baidas, president and chairman of General RV Center, declined to comment until the purchase is finalized. The dealership is reportedly also looking at property in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area for its second location in the Sunshine State.
General RV Center sought and got a rezoning of the property from industrial to a mixed-use classification that allows for some retail, Nowicki said. It plans to construct a two-story building that will house a showroom and service and parts area, he said.
General RV Center plans to move its existing Wixom operations and to consolidate its other corporate operations from other states to the new site, Nowicki said.
The company currently employs about 75 people in the city, he said, and it expects the moves to create roughly another 75 jobs there.
Once it has completed its purchase of the property, General RV Center will submit a final site plan to city officials for approval, which should come within 30-45 days, clearing the way for construction to begin, Nowicki said.
The city is not providing incentives for the project, he said.