The young Genesis luxury brand continues to hit growth milestones in the U.S., even though its dealer network has been slow to step up and construct standalone stores.
The automaker just had two more dedicated retail locations open this month. But out of 270 dealers for the brand, which launched in 2016, only four so far have opened standalone stores.
The factory and its retailers acknowledge that the dealership effort is critical.
Without standalone facilities that enable an elevated, luxury experience, Genesis will remain at a disadvantage to established premium makes it aspires to compete against, said Tim Bergstrom, dealer principal of Genesis of Appleton in Wisconsin. His store, which opened this month, is only the brand's third standalone facility and the first in the Midwest. A fourth just opened in Coconut Creek, Fla.