Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Auto store OKd for Hailey gateway

P&Z approves plans for new car-parts business

Express Staff Writer

This rendering shows the profile of a planned OReillys Auto Parts store in Hailey. The company operates more than 3,000 stores nationwide. Courtesy graphic

National chain store O’Reilly’s Auto Parts will have a new wholesale distribution center and retail store at the south entrance to Hailey, on the corner of state Highway 75 and Fourth Avenue.

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve a conditional-use permit and design review for the proposed 7,200-square-foot building. The approval includes a 28-space parking lot that will front the highway. 

Jonathan Taylor, an owner of construction firm Terra Form Companies who represented O’Reilly’s Auto Parts before the P&Z, said “the vast majority of our sales will be wholesale.” Taylor said the distributor will be served by a distribution center in Salt Lake City.

“We were running a lot of shipments up here from Twin Falls. That is the whole reason we are doing this,” he said.

Taylor said the large parking lot is needed to provide a turning radius for semi trucks delivering inventory to the outlet.

The property is in the city’s Limited Business zone, to which a recent change was made allowing wholesale distributors with “incidental and subordinate retail sales” as conditional uses. In an interview, Hailey Community Development Director Micah Austin said the amendment was initiated several months ago by commercial real estate agent Paul Kenny to accommodate O’Reilly’s. 

Austin said he worked with O’Reilly’s recently in Jerome, where he worked before to coming to Hailey.

“They brought a building to Jerome that did not look as nice as this one,” Austin said.

Austin said the application was approved with due notice and will not have to go before the City Council for approval. He said the building will cost about $1 million to build and could provide 10 to 15 jobs.

The P&Z approved the application with a provision for “extremely robust” landscaping to conceal the parking lot from view as much as possible.

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts bought out several other auto parts chain stores several years ago and now operates more than 3,000 stores nationwide.

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