CASA GRANDE — Mullin360, the developer of the new auto mall replacing the former Sam’s Club store, says it will include Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chevrolet.
Mullin360 began as a family-owned firm started by father-son team Art and Jim Mullin. According to its website, over the past 30 years, Mullin360 has been involved as an owner/principal, investor, partner and in other key development roles in the real estate development industry.
The auto mall will be near the southeast corner of Interstate 10 and Florence Boulevard. The brands listed are included in existing Casa Grande dealerships, but details on negotiations have not been released.
“I’m really excited about this project,” Councilman Bob Huddleston said during a February City Council meeting. “It’s probably the most prime corner in our community.”
“The site flows very nicely,” Jim Mullin said.
According to Mullin, he is excited about the great location and is looking at doing other projects in Casa Grande in the future. “It’s going to be very exciting,” Mullin said.
Arizona-based Mullin360 is the company that built the Scottsdale Auto Show as well as other auto parks in the Phoenix metro area and elsewhere in the country. It plans new buildings and updated landscaping to “transform the abandoned retail center into a vibrant destination for car buyers,” the company said in a press release.
“We’ve done many auto parks around the country,” Mullin said.
“We are proud to bring this project to Casa Grande and help get the community’s economy into high gear as we all work to recover in a post-pandemic economy,” company Executive Vice President Cecil Yates said. “This auto park will draw car enthusiasts from all over the state as well as Casa Grande.”
During the January Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, some Mission Royale residents voiced their concerns over the potential impact that the new auto mall may have on nearby homeowners.
However, Mullin360 assured residents that it would be following conditions such as restrictions on loudspeakers and ensuring that all lighting from light poles, signage and buildings is to be shielded to prevent overspill of light onto adjacent properties and residential areas.
“We try to be a good neighbor,” Mullin said. “We use the standard of ‘what would my mother want?’”
According to a representative from Mullin360, the auto mall is expected to open early next year. It will occupy about 27 acres.