NASHVILLE -- Nissan dealer Greg Smith, a real estate developer who was permitted to build a store in downtown Seattle that was hip to visit but bore little similarity to the automaker's retail design guidelines, is closing his store after less than two years.
Smith informed customers and business vendors on Tuesday that he will close Stadium Nissan today. The urban store displayed new vehicles on the street curb and its dark concrete interior walls gave the small store the look of a bohemian art gallery or a skateboard shop.
It opened with some fanfare in late 2010 with the blessings of Nissan North America management, even as field managers pressed other dealers around the country to get in line with the automaker's store design rules.
Smith was profiled by Automotive News last year as a case of a new dealer strategically varying from the factory design rules to fit his market. He did not return calls or emails about the closing.