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Sept. 1--AutoNation USA's purchase last month of Pineville's vacant Incredible Universe building could be just the first domino in an expected chain of changes in Charlotte's retail automobile business.
AutoNation will open in the Pineville site, for which the company paid $14.3 million, early next year, said spokesman Marc Cannon.
Experts say the next likely move would be for AutoNation's parent, Fort Lauderdale-based Republic Industries, to gobble up Charlotte dealerships, which AutoNation needs to supply its stock. Most likely target: Hendrick Automotive Group.
"To me it's interesting that AutoNation is getting a store in Charlotte …