UPDATE: Burien Nissan Will NOT Be Re-Opening, At Least Anytime Soon
by Ralph Nichols
After more than two months of anticipation, of driving past Burien Nissan at Five Corners and looking for new cars on display there once again, the news this week is disappointing.
Burien Nissan will not reopen after all â€“ at least not anytime soon. The return of the auto dealership with a new owner â€“ Car Pros â€“ had been expected earlier to take place in mid-September.
â€œWe were excitedâ€ about reopening Burien Nissan, Ken Phillips, president of Car Pros, told The B-Town Blog recently. â€œWe had everything in line. Our financing package was all done. But the sellers couldnâ€™t provide quick title to the property and we couldnâ€™t close in time.â€
He said the problem involved only closing the proposed sale and â€œhad absolutely nothing to do with the national economy.
â€œIf circumstances change, we would be available to relook at the whole process,â€ Phillips added. â€œWe lived for 30 years in Normandy Park. All our friends are right there. Thatâ€™s our home. We know a lot of people there.â€
The previous dealership owner, Rainier Automotive Group, saw the entire inventory reclaimed by Nissan in a 24-hour period in March after losing its financing. The business closed its doors less than two months later, reportedly when new financing couldnâ€™t be arranged.
Car Pros owns Kia and Suzuki dealerships in Tacoma and a Hyundai dealership in Seattle, and dealerships in Carson, Calif. Phillips said they had planned to sell Nissan models exclusively at Burien Nissan.