AutoZone store will be built near Walmart

An AutoZone store is coming to a vacant lot near Walmart in Elk River.

The 6,500-square-foot, one-story store will be built at 18278 Zane St. The lot is next to Advanced Auto PartsĀ  and just south of the Wash-N-Fill Express gas station, which is located at the corner of Highway 169 and Main Street.

The building will be red brick with tan brick accents, Elk River Planning Manager Jeremy Barnhart said.

The Elk River City Council voted Monday, June 18, to approve the site plan for the project.

The store will employ eight-12 people, according to Barnhart.

AutoZone traces its roots to Auto Shack, which opened its first store in 1979 in Arkansas. Today, Auto Shack is AutoZone, with stores in 48 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.