SOUTHINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night unanimously approved a second Auto Zone location in town.
The Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike building, next to a Home Depot and across the street from an AMC Theater, will have the same look as other Auto Zone locations.
“There are a lot of people coming in from (outside of) Southington, and that’s their view of Southington,” said PZC member Peter Santago.“Anything around there, you want to make sure it looks nice.”
The Auto Zone is slated for 1776 and 1784 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.
Land owner John Susco said he’s owned the two properties on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for about five years. He tore down two dilapidated houses to make way for Auto Zone, a national auto parts chain.
“I think this is a great location,” PZC Chairman Robert Hammersley. “I’m honored to have them here in our town. Keep them coming.”
AutoZone’s other location in town is at 60 Interstate Park Drive, just off Queen Street.
Michael Lambert, a civil engineer representing Auto Zone, said the extra parking along Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike would be partially blocked from the street by a berm and vegetation. Bushes and trees were requested by the commission to improve the property.
“We had made sure we had enough plants to coincide with zoning regulations and the number of street trees that are required,” Lambert said.
Several businesses near the highway on that stretch have been recently approved, including a Wendy’s in front of the AMC Theater.
A nearby Dunkin’ Donuts was also recently renovated.
“That section of town is getting more busy and we certainly want it to look nice,” Santago said.