Ground was broken in early December, and construction is underway on a 13,200-square-foot building will become the new home of Alan Brown Tire, the Les Schwab franchise in Newport.
This location previously housed Thompson’s Sanitary Service before that company built a new facility in north Newport. The site is 57,000 square feet — essentially an entire city block — located just east of Grove Veterinary Clinic and across from Newport Rental.
Alan Brown and his wife, June, started Alan Brown Tire in March of 1972, and for the past 46 years, it has been located just north of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, which when it first opened, was one of few business in that part of town. But Newport has grown, and vehicle access was becoming more of a challenge, so Alan Brown decided it was time for a change, even though embarking on such an ambitious project at this point in his career wasn’t what he had envisioned.
“But the opportunity for the property came up, and we’ve outgrown our facility here,” said Brown. “It’s been 30 years since we’ve remodeled, so it was time to do something here, and you can’t improve the access. It is what it is.” Access will not be an issue at this new location, with entry available from two different streets, and potentially a third.
Brown said he had hoped to break ground sooner, but as is often the case on projects of this size, things moved slower than anticipated. “It took a great deal longer, working through the permitting phase, than we thought it would, but we did get it accomplished,” he said.
Going into the project, the plan was to use as many local contractors as possible, “and I think we’ve accomplished that so far,” said Brown. The building was designed by local architects Dustin Capri and Dietmar Goebel, and the general contractor is Quality Concrete Construction, of Newport.
“They got the foundation in, they’re working on the stem walls, and then once they’ve got that done, they’ll be ready to start pouring some concrete floors,” said Brown. He is hoping the building will be ready by early summer.
Once they vacate their old building, the plan is to either lease or sell it. Brown’s son, Ken, will continue to manage the Newport shop, and his other son, Tad, will still manage the Alan Brown Tire Center in Toledo.