Advance Auto Parts store coming to Benton Township

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — A new business that caters to car owners, plans to plant its flag on the retail hub of Benton Township.

The Township Board on Tuesday approved Advance Auto Parts site plans for a new building and store along M-139. It will replace the vacant Louie’s Bar and encompass the lot behind it.

The site plan for the car part retail company met all township requirements and was recommended for approval by the township’s Planning Commission after its March 13 meeting.

Located at 1740 M-139, the proposed building and parking lot is zoned D1 commercial and will account for 2.1 acres.

Township Clerk Carolyn Phillips said the store’s property will tie into a shared easement to give customers access to M-139 and Napier Avenue.

The site plan calls for 30 parking spots at the auto parts store.

Further discussion

While no representatives from Advance Auto Parts were present for the board meeting, Trustee Linda Scarbrough still had a question.

“Did anyone drive up and down M-139 and the two miles within the (proposed auto parts) store? I noted there are already five auto stores,” Scarbrough said. “How many jobs might be added by Advance that’s going to be taken away from the other ones? I don’t think there’s enough pieces of the pie for everyone.”

Other board members explained that was the nature of business.

Treasurer Debbie Boothby said that stretch of M-139 is considered a commercial district for a reason and that trustees were only there to approve the site plan Tuesday.

“It’s a corporate decision,” Boothby said. “It’s the same thing that goes on with Lowe’s and Home Depot. It’s our commercial district and they are in compliance with everything.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2017)

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