What’s that under construction at the car lot on Mission Street in south Salem?

Location: 1940 Mission St. SE

Description: Construction is underway on Mission and Hines streets at the former house of a car dealership and a Thriftway Market, which operated for many years at the spot.

David Withnell, the proprietor of Withnell Motor Co., stated an authorized used automobile dealership is deliberate for the location.

“The vehicles will be anything and everything … probably focusing more on trucks and SUVs,” Withnell stated. “There’s such a high demand for that.”

The lot may have about 100 to 150 automobiles on web site, together with Dodge Rams, Jeep Wranglers and Ford F-250s. The firm will examine and certify the used autos, and relying on the mileage and age of the automobile, will embody warranties.

Withnell plans to boost a 100-foot American flag at the dealership just like his different location on Mission Street.

Withnell hopes to open by Memorial Day.

“I’m really excited about it,” he stated. “It’s been a longtime project.”

The firm’s automobile rental service may also function out of the constructing.

The location neighbors Withnell Hyundai on Mission Street. The Withnell family’s longtime Dodge dealership on Commercial Street closed in 2023.

A allow itemizing Withnell as the proprietor and CD Redding Construction as the contractor for an inside rework of the constructing was issued by the metropolis in January. The work is ready to incorporate tenant enhancements and facade upgrades. The metropolis additionally accredited permits to put in a number of Withnell indicators on the constructing.

Before it was house to numerous car dealerships, the location at 1940 Mission St. SE was a Thriftway Market and Nameless market. An commercial in 1955 marketed 4 kilos of beef for 99 cents and 5-cent salad combine. Nameless reworked into Nameless Thriftway Market and finally Atkins Thriftway Market when it was bought in the Nineteen Seventies. Statesman Journal archives point out Thriftway had three Salem space areas for years.

The Mission Street retailer introduced its closure in 2000. The location was quickly reworked right into a car gross sales lot.

As part of a deal to sell the dealership property on Commercial to the owner of Skyline Ford, Withnell acquired the property at 1940 Mission St. SE, the place Skyline saved its overstock and offered used automobiles.

The retail portion will solely occupy about 3,000 toes of the 20,000-square-foot constructing. The remaining portion is up for lease. Withnell stated they’re on the lookout for a suitable enterprise to share the house with, resembling a distribution, meeting or storage operation.

Source: City of Salem data/Statesman Journal archives

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