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CarMax : opens in Bloomington, donates to charities

02/06/2016 | 03:34pm US/Eastern

Feb. 06--BLOOMINGTON -- A national used car retailer has opened its Bloomington store with donations to The Baby Fold and the Children's Discovery Museum.

CarMax company spokeswoman Beth Singer said CarMax donated $5,000 to the museum in celebration of the store's opening at 1219 Holiday Drive.

The grant will go toward a program to educate 1,000 low-income youth by partnering with after-school programs to offer free science, technology, engineering, art and math programming.

CarMax also donated $2,500 to The Baby Fold, a Normal-based child care agency that provides residential treatment and therapy to children and families in 22 Illinois counties.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of the Bloomington CarMax by giving back to the community where we live and work," said Gabriel Kohn, general manager of the Bloomington store. "We look forward to developing relationships with community partners and providing our customers with the unique CarMax experience."

Both donations were recommendations of Bloomington CarMax associates, Singer said. A spokeswoman earlier said the local store would employ about 20 people.

The 7,000-square-foot store is in a new $2.5 million facility at the site of the former Clarion Hotel. Showroom hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The service department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 309-661-1350.

The Bloomington store, the chain's seventh in Illinois, will have about 150 used cars on the lot. Customers also can search the national online inventory of nearly 50,000 cars and have any car transferred to Bloomington.

Follow Kevin Barlow on Twitter: @pg_barlow.

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