Tire Store to Fill Commercial Space

By Chris Michlewicz
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The construction of a new tire shop will fill in more than an acre of land in a prominent shopping center in Parker.Les Schwab Tires began to build the 13,000-square-foot store, complete with a showroom and nine vehicle bays, the day after Parker Town Council approved a use-by-special-review application May 7.

The Parker Hilltop Town Square shopping plaza, which includes Best Buy and Staples, is now one step closer to completion. Over the last four years, commercial spots surrounding the anchor stores have gradually filled in, with two fast-food joints, a bank and a carpet outlet opening during that slow period of economic development.

As per normal design standards in Parker, the service bays will face away from South Parker Road and an eight-foot retaining wall will hide the discarded tires. Because of the use by special review, council was required to review nine criteria, including traffic and noise impacts. The town also prohibits overnight vehicle parking and instructs developers to plant trees to screen more intensive uses.

Les Schwab Tires is following an aggressive construction schedule; officials hope to open the store by Sept. 14. John Scanlon, a representative for the Bend, Ore.-based company, says Les Schwab Tires is “looking to grow rapidly” and saw an opportunity in Parker.

Town Council, voting unanimously to approve the application, also saw an opportunity to bring in a store that does $2.5 million to $3 million in business annually and will bolster sales tax revenue.

The tire shop chain has its roots on the West Coast, with 450 locations in Washington state, California and Oregon among others. The Parker location on the northeast corner of South Parker Road and Hilltop Road is the company’s first in Colorado. Council member Josh Martin, a Washington native, spoke highly of Les Schwab Tires, saying he has never had a bad experience as a customer.

By the numbers:

Store size: 13,000 square feet

Projected opening date: Sept. 14

Acres: 1.47

Annual business: $2.5M - $3M

Locations: 450

Special review criteria: 9