Rivian, the fledgling but well-financed electric vehicle maker, is getting ready to show off its vehicles in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood, part of a plan to open 10 retail locations this year.
The company, which just raised $2.65 billion in its latest funding round, confirmed that it plans to open a showroom in a building at 932 W. Randolph St., a couple blocks east of McDonald’s headquarters. It would be among the first retail locations in the country for the company, which expects to deliver the first of its trucks and SUVs this year.
The Fulton Market showroom would be one of 10 “retail experiences” that Rivian plans to open in 2021, with more planned for the future, the company said in a statement.
“As we prepare to deliver our first vehicles this summer, we’re working to establish physical locations where people can experience Rivian in person,” Tony Caravano, Rivian’s senior director of customer experience, said in the statement. “With a high concentration of Rivian pre-order customers, Chicago is a key location for us, and Fulton Market is a vibrant neighborhood and a great fit. Our vehicles are Illinois-built and we’re looking forward to sharing them with this community."