Truck Toyz, Vintage Moon, Hardy’s Hamburgers and Hot Wings – once busy businesses – are closing their doors to make way for a possible new Les Schwab Tire Center on Third Street in Bend.
Hardy Lussier leased the space for his restaurant for more than a decade, now it sits empty.
“It has already displaced multiple small businesses including my own,” he said.
Les Schwab is requesting to move from a current location on Franklin Ave. to Third Street, which would require the city to approve a zone change that currently doesn’t allow another auto-based business there. The Prineville-based company has two additional Bend locations.
The Bend Planning Commission on Monday night denied the request, but the City Council in September will have the final say on the proposal.
Others like Lussier are asking the commission to deny the application citing other concerns over traffic.
“My biggest concern is the detriment to the immediate neighborhood, to the mixed-use zone, to the property owners that are right across the street from the proposed site will lose value on their homes,” Lussier said. “The neighboring businesses will feel a tremendous impact. We believe that the volume of a well attended business will congest the area to a point that will not benefit anyone.”
That stretch of Third Street is currently home to several other businesses, including an auto dealership, strip club, real estate office and rental car office.
Hardy’s was able to find another location on the north side of Bend, but not every business has been so lucky and Lussier says he’s concerned for other small businesses in the area.
“Now yes, I did leave of my own will, but all of the hearsay that it had already been bought and it had been closed and it was matter of fact was very concerning and I think it will be concerning to future business owners and current business owners.”