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First Rivian Hub opens Sunday in Venice, CA
In a post from Rivian’s “Stories” page on its website, the automaker shared images of its initial hub space in Venice, CA, which recently celebrated opening its doors with a gathering of employees.
The new spot in downtown Venice has seen a variety of uses over the decades, including a stint as a live/workspace for author Ray Bradbury, and an art gallery. The property consists of shaded gardens and seating in front, with an open play area for kids.
Inside, there is a library and a “bright makers’ space” stocked with creative materials. A courtyard separates the property’s two buildings and currently features an R1T for visitors to experience close up and ask any questions.
This Venice location marks the first of several hubs planned for US cities, and showcases the design and utility Rivian has planned for these spaces as they are not there to only sell EVs. The Rivian post explains it best:
Even in the very earliest days of Rivian, we imagined places where people could gather and get to know one another and share experiences in person. Because purchasing a Rivian can be done digitally, we were untethered from the traditional car-buying experience, and free to define what we wanted a Rivian space to be.
Rivian has elaborated by saying that it envisions these hubs as places for people to gather, attend workshops, relax, and share ideas.
Looking ahead, the Venice Hub will also offer workshops focused on useful knowledge such as how to planting a simple organic garden or how to get the most of your visit to a National Park. Rivian also plans to use the hub to bolster discussions about sustainable energy and permaculture.
Rivian’s Venice, CA Hub will be open to the public beginning Sunday, October 17th, and will soon be followed by other hubs yet to be announced.
Furthermore, Rivian briefly mentioned indoor and outdoor alternatives to the hubs in major cities. This includes adventure-oriented Rivian Outposts, which will be established outside of metropolitan areas, and preserves – large areas of wilderness Rivian plans to protect as part of its ongoing conservation efforts.
Will Rivian have dealerships?
Rivian has committed to opening 10 dealerships and 41 service locations around the country. These locations will serve as the showrooms and warranty service locations for both the R1S and the R1T and the Rivian Amazon delivery vans. These locations will perform the over-the-air updates and physical repairs for any Rivian vehicle.
As far as the dealerships go, Rivian has only announced two locations out of the 10. According to Autoblog, the first retail location/showroom that Rivian announced was Laguna Beach, California, slated to open sometime this year. The second and newly announced showroom location will be in Chicago, Illinois. Although there will be eight more retail locations around the country, Rivian insists it will not have franchise dealerships.
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