Two well-known and longstanding Myrtle Creek businesses plan to move their stores to nearby locations that will allow them to spread out and grow.

Lauren Young Tire Centers, which has had a store at 133 S. Old Pacific Highway in the Tri City area since 1975, is buying 5 acres at a site near the intersection of Pruner Road and Industrial Way. The 5-acre lot is part of a larger site owned by Douglas County known as the South Umpqua Valley Industrial Park.

“A new store with additional room to operate will allow us to better serve customers and employ additional people in the south county,” Lauren Young Tire Centers representative T.J. Cameron said in a letter to county officials. Cameron said he hopes to break ground at the new location next spring, and when completed the new store will be in a better location and more efficient for truck traffic.

Jeff Johnson, owner of MSK True Value Building Supply at 225 NE 1st Ave., is planning to build a new store on 6 acres he owns in the same industrial park. Johnson said he’s still working out the details but figures it will be about 12-18 months before the new store is up and running. It will be about 20,000 square feet in size and will have more acreage for the lumber yard, he said.

“We’ve just outgrown our current location,” Johnson said.

Lauren Young is paying a total of $195,255 for the property. The purchase price factors in $250,000 the company is paying for the land and $147,500 it is paying towards the cost of a traffic signal and rezoning. Lauren Young is getting credit for $202,245 it will have to spend in fill costs on the property, which is below the 100-year floodplain.

Lauren Young plans to eventually sell the property at the current Tri-City location, Cameron said.

Johnson has owned the Myrtle Creek store for nearly 18 years and it has been at that location for nearly 70 years. He said one unique aspect of the new store could be the material used to build it. Johnson is hoping to build it using unique cross-laminated timbers produced by DR Johnson Wood Innovations in Riddle.

Johnson also is buying 3 more acres at the industrial park. He said he has not finalized any plans for that property. Johnson is paying the county $150,000 for the property, minus a yet-to-be-determined amount that Johnson has agreed to for fill and traffic light improvements.

County Commissioner Chris Boice said he is happy to get both industrial park properties out of the public domain and back on the tax rolls.

“Our goal is to take all of these properties and turn them into private sector opportunities for growth,” Boice said.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow him on Twitter @scottcarroll15.

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