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Fiat Chrysler's plan to add about 380 dealerships to its U.S. network of around 2,500 stores has run into opposition from dealers who say the move is a threat to their existing businesses.
Some have complained to state authorities, two citing a proposed FCA store in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, La., that would be built on a vacant lot hemmed in by a massive swamp on one side and Lake Pontchartrain on another. The problem, local dealers say, is that three existing FCA stores are situated near the accessible sides of the planned Lakeshore of Kenner dealership. One is less than 5 miles away.
The decision to expand the network -- confirmed by two dealers familiar with the plan and an internal FCA source -- goes against the recommendation of FCA's dealership location consultant, Urban Science, according to the FCA insider. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Urban Science data "does not support these additional points." Source: Cloud Management Video