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Plan for electric car showroom in Mishawaka appears to be dead

The former JC Penney Home Store in Mishawaka is shown in November. The "high-end" electric vehicle car showroom that was supposed to locate here has pulled out of the deal, according to the developer.

The former JC Penney Home Store in Mishawaka is shown in November. The “high-end” electric vehicle car showroom that was supposed to locate here has pulled out of the deal, according to the developer.

MISHAWAKA — Plans for an “electric car company” showroom and automotive center — long-rumored to be Tesla — at the former JC Penney Home Store site at Grape and Cleveland roads appear to be dead.

Chris Sotos, representing Key Development Partners, the firm developing the project, confirmed on Tuesday the contract with the electric car company — which was never officially named — was terminated this past summer. He did not provide any other details.

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