An AutoZone store at the intersection of Highways 41 and 49 was unanimously approved by the Madera County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, with the previous building on site to be demolished at an unscheduled date.
The supervisors voted 4-0 - with David Rogers absent - to approve the 6,900 square-foot store. It will replace the location that housed everything from a Santa Barbara Savings when it was built in the late 70s to various restaurants, the most recent being Old Mexico Taqueria.
Matthew Treber, Community and Economic Development Director with the Madera County Public Works Department, said AutoZone had yet to provide a schedule for when it will obtain the necessary demolition and building permits.
“But I imagine it’d be relatively soon when they begin construction,” Treber said.
Parking spaces at the location will be reduced from 28 to 21 in order to accommodate the new store, and the area was changed from “open space” to “community commercial” after an April request.
AutoZone has one store in Chowchilla, two in Madera, three in Clovis, and eight in Fresno. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with more than 65,000 employees.
The AutoZone website states the company believes in giving to non-profit organizations through merchandise cards for silent auctions and other activities to better serve the communities in which they are located.
District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler was unavailable for comment at press time.