We’ve heard it quite a bit over the past year (including an official press release). But the Automotive News has the latest twist on MINI’s expansion plans in the US. According to the publication MINI USA intends to use vacant dealers left over from the Big 3’s dealer reductions over the last year.

>”As the market has gone through these changes, it has made real estate available for Mini in places where we want to be,” McDowell said.

>For example, Mini will open a store in Birmingham, Ala., in a former Cadillac dealership and one in Alexandria, Va., on the site of a former Chrysler dealership.

+ Mini will add stores; vacancies of Detroit 3 are prime sites / Autonews