Discount Tire, described as the largest independent tire and wheel retailer in the world, plans to open an Albany store.
A Seattle land-use planning and engineering firm has applied with the Albany Planning Division for approval of a site plan and consolidation of three lots.
The lots are at the southwest corner of Santiam Highway and Shortridge Street, across Santiam from the Les Schwab Tire Center.
Halle Properties LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, bought the three lots last month for $1,570,000, according to an online report at the Linn County Assessor’s Office.
Halle Properties was formed by Bruce Halle, the founder of Discount Tire, who died on Jan. 4, 2018, at the age of 87, according to a story in the Phoenix Business Journal. The story said he was the richest person in Arizona.
Mr. Halle opened his first Discount Tire store in Michigan in 1960. At the time of the press account in early 2018, the chain had 975 stores in 34 states and more than 20,000 employees.
The site plan for the Albany store shows one rectangular building of 8,192 square feet separated from the street corner by landscaping and a concrete sidewalk. There is to be one driveway each on Santiam and Shortridge. The plan shows 43 parking slots between the building and neighboring properties to the east and south.
Albany planner Travis North is handling the application. The city has notified property owners within 300 feet and invited public comments on the request. The deadline for comments is April 5. (hh)