By Sam Elliott
Online pre-owned car retailer Vroom will open its latest reconditioning and fulfillment center in Whitestown, eventually bringing as many as 300 jobs to the area after the site opens in December.
The company, founded in 2013, claims to be the largest online car retailer in the United States and offers customers refurbished automobiles with free delivery and a seven-day, money-back, no-questions-asked return policy.
The company has leased the former Subaru building in a 501,120-square-foot facility on Indianapolis Road. The new location will be Vroom’s second reconditioning center along with a location near Dallas, Texas. Vroom’s Whitestown home will allow for 24-hour delivery of cars to customers within a 300-mile radius.
“We’re looking forward to expanding our reconditioning and fulfillment operations, and we think the Indianapolis area is the perfect place for us to have a presence, right at the crossroads of America,” Vroom CEO Allon Bloch said. “This new location will improve our customers’ car buying experience even further as we work toward the goal of reducing our national delivery timeline to just 24 hours.”
The Whitestown facility will be able to house 2,500 cars and will administer 126-point inspections by technicians on all vehicles before they’re sold.
Vroom is planning to hire approximately 100 local workers with auto repair and logistics experience when the facility opens in December and eventually plans for the Whitestown location to have 300 employees. Currently, the company employs 140 workers in New York City and its other reconditioning center.
“Vroom brings an innovative business model to Whitestown and its convenient, consumer-friendly approach to car sales online makes it exactly the type of employer we want to establish and grow here,” said Molly Whitehead, executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation. “We look forward to seeing Vroom’s success and integration with the Boone County community.”