AMHERST, N.Y. — Dunn Tire L.L.C. has started renovation work on an existing commercial structure in Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo, that will replace an existing, smaller store a mile away when it opens this summer.
Dunn Tire filed plans for the store May 2017, but construction on the store renovation began only recently. The renovation costs are estimated at $1.5 million, according to the filing.
The structure, which sits on a site of slightly less than 1 acre, occupies 10,500 square feet, large enough to accommodate 10 service bays for vehicles, Dunn said in its 2017 filing with the Town of Amherst. That's about 50-percent larger than the existing store.
The property owner of the existing store on Sheridan Road is clearing the land there to make way for a Whole Foods store and related retail, Dunn Tire said.
Amherst is considered an "inner ring" suburb of Buffalo with a population of about 122,000. It's just north of Buffalo proper.
The Sheridan Drive store is one of 10 Dunn Tire stores in the greater Buffalo area and one of 26 in New York. Dunn Tire also has three retail stores in the Erie, Pa., area.
Dunn Tire is among the 35 largest independent retail tire dealerships in the U.S., according to Tire Business research.