Mazdas now sold at Community Mazda in Tinley Park will be sold by a new dealership a few blocks west on 159th Street in Orland Park. Orland Park trustees on Monday approved a sales tax-sharing agreement with Wilson Automotive Group, which plans to open a Mazda store in a former Mitsubishi dealership at 8910 W. 159th St. The move will clear the way for an expansion of a Bettenhausen Automotive dealership that is directly west of Community Mazda. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 7, 2014 6:23AM
Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved a sales-tax sharing agreement to help pave the way for a Mazda dealership to open in the village.
The deal with Wilson Automotive Group, which has a Mazda dealership in Countryside, will be worth up to $1.12 million over a period of not longer than seven years. Orland Park will split 50-50 with the dealer revenue generated by the village’s 1 percent home-rule sales tax.
Wilson is acquiring the franchise now held by Community Mazda in Tinley Park and will locate in the former Mitsubishi dealership at 8910 W. 159th St. Besides taking the franchise and the vacant Mitsubishi building, Wilson Automotive’s investment is expected to be in excess of $6 million, according to the village.
Wilson Automotive is owned by pitcher C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels. The Orland Park store is expected to open by the end of this month.
Sales could reach $10 million for the remainder of this year, with sales rising to $25 million next year, according to a village document. If those projections prove accurate, that would mean the village and Wilson Automotive would split $100,000 this year and $250,000 in 2015.
Along with selling its Mazda franchise, Community is selling its Tinley Park property to the real estate arm of Chrysler, which will use the site for an expansion of Bettenhausen Automotive’s dealership directly west of Community at the southeast corner of 159th Street and 84th Avenue.
Bettenhausen now sells Dodge and Ram vehicles at the store, but a planned $13 million expansion will also bring Chrysler and Jeep vehicles, now sold in Orland Park, to the Tinley Park location.
Tinley Park officials approved a similar sales-tax sharing agreement with Chrysler Group Realty Co., worth as much as $3 million over 10 years, to help defray the cost of that project.