Grismer plans new auto shop in Kettering

Purchase would bring life to property shuttered 5 years ago

Grismer Tire & Auto Service plans to purchase a Kettering commercial property along Wilmington Pike that has been dormant for the last five years, tear down the vacant restaurant building and build a 7,000-square-foot tire and auto repair facility on the site.

Grismer Co-owner John Marshall said he expects to close on the real estate transaction to purchase the property at 4125 Wilmington Pike in the next 60 days. The tract is in front of a Meijer store and adjacent to an El Rancho Grande restaurant. It previously housed a Burger King, which shut down in January 2010. There has been no commercial activity in the building since then.

A new location would be the Dayton-based tire and auto company’s first Kettering location, and 25th overall, Marshall said. It would employ eight to 10.

“Kettering will be a good market for us,” Marshall said. “We’ve been looking in that area for a while, and we like the high traffic count along Wilmington Pike.”

Grismer has not submitted building plans yet to the city of Kettering, but a preliminary zoning review has been conducted and turned up no problems, Marshall and officials with the city of Kettering’s planning and zoning department said.

If all goes well, “We would like to be able to start construction in the spring, and move in 120 days later,” Marshall said. The shop could open as early as late summer 2015, he said.

Gregg Gorsuch, economic development manager for the city of Kettering, said city officials are “extremely happy to see Grismer redevelop the old Burger King site.

“This is just the latest example of reinvestment along the Wilmington Pike corridor,” Gorsuch said.

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