Major car retailer opens near Carolina Forest

A national retailer chain of used vehicles, CarMax, opened for business in the Grand Strand area Wednesday next to the Tanger Outlet mall on U.S. Highway 501.

The car lot is expected to stock up to 200 vehicles, and customers can also request that cars or trucks be transferred from other CarMax locations across the country, the company said in a statement.

CarMax bills itself as the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 180 stores in 39 states.

To celebrate the store opening, CarMax, Inc. and The CarMax Foundation say they will award more than $18,000 in donations to the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand over the next three years.

“My team is delighted to be able to give back to the Boys & Girls Club within our community,” said Larry Williams, location general manager of the new CarMax. “We’re pleased to demonstrate that the way we sell cars is a reflection of the way we give back -- with honesty and integrity.”

CarMax also donated an Imagination Playground valued at more than $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand through its partnership with KaBOOM! to make play more accessible to children and families.