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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The Chevy Dealer
The Chevy Dealer
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created by Explorer Zero on 9/18/2008 8:38 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 9/20/2014 2:31 PM
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A former automobile dealership on 14 acres of prime North Dallas real estate with 7 large steel and concrete buildings totaling 118000 sq feet. It was last valued at over $25 million for tax purposes. The estimated 2008 property taxes alone exceeded $625000.

This property is adjacent to some of the most expensive retail and mixed residential/commercial real estate in Dallas.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Dallas, Texas
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • broken glass, debris, missing floor grates and local hoodlums
  •  Interesting Features
    Big Big Big
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • razor wire
  • part-time guard
  • security patrols in white Ford F250 pickup
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1968
    Closed: 2007
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    This location was originally Doran Chevrolet, one of the largest Chevy dealers in Dallas. In the late 1980s they sold out or changed their name to become Showcase Cheverolet. It was all downhill after that.

    I think that the accessibility issues caused by the Dallas North Tollway, the service roads and exit ramps, and the Galleria traffic, this location became less than favorable for doing car business in fact, it was pretty difficult to get to if you didn't know which exit to take in advance. In spite of being visible to 10s of thousands of motorists each day they probably couldn't draw enough customers to keep the doors open. Plus the value of the land probably exceeded the net worth of the business at some point!

    Its not uncommon for automobile dealers to squeeze out some of their competition. I dont know if that is what happened here but Bankston Chevrolet just opened a new Chevy dealership a few blocks west of here. That couldn't happen with a Chevrolet franchise unless GM approved it and Showcase agreed to close.

    This large property was purchased by an investment company in 2007 and has been vacant and getting vandalized and stripped of all its copper and aluminum since then.

    UPDATE JUNE 2009: temporary perimeter security fencing and boarding up now in effect
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     Future Plans
    Ive heard that the property will be turned into high rise condos (surprise) along with a redevelopment of Peterson / Noel rd. area.

    It's Gone
    Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
    posted by blaistom77

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     Photo Galleries
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    Big recon, little camera
    Tue, Aug 19th, 2008
    posted by Explorer Zero
    18 pictures
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    Showcase Night Gallery
    Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
    posted by Explorer Zero
    24 pictures
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    the big show
    Sun, Aug 1st, 2010
    posted by fatwax4
    16 pictures

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    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 3/31/2018 2:08 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 31 18 at 2:08, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Mar 31 18 at 2:08, Explorer Zero made this location private
  • on Sep 21 14 at 0:53, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:31, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:29, Explorer Zero updated gallery Showcase Night Gallery
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:28, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Large room
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:27, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Service dispatch
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:26, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Administrative area
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:25, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture VIP room
  • on Sep 20 14 at 14:25, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Telecom closet
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    You must log in for this feature to work.More pics to followExplorer Zero411265/19/2011 1:16 PM by blaistom77
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