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Hilltown supervisors okay AutoZone shop on Route 113


A new AutoZone is coming to Hilltown.

The Memphis headquartered retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories plans to set up shop at the corner of Route 113 and County Line Road on a property that was formerly home to a Pizza Hut.

On Monday, Hilltown’s Board of Supervisors granted final approval to would-be developer AZ Souderton to move forward with the project.

Bill Rountree, director of development for AZ Souderton, said the plan is to begin construction before the end of the year. Work will include demolishing the old Pizza Hut, he told the Herald.

Rountree said the aim is to open approximately nine months after construction begins on the planned 7,300-square-foot store. He noted that the Route 113 AutoZone will be selling automotive products, not servicing vehicles. The store expects to employ about 12 people.

“They’ll be hiring locally,” said Rountree, noting that AZ Souderton plans to develop the site and lease it to AutoZone. “AutoZone wanted to be in the Hilltown/Souderton area,” Rountree added.

The first AutoZone, then known as Auto Shack, opened in 1979 in Arkansas. There are currently more than 6,000 AutoZones across the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.

In other news from Monday’s meeting, supervisors granted unanimous approval to a Hilltown couple’s plan to subdivide their property into eight building lots.

The land is located in the area of Keystone Drive and Fairhill School and Fairhill roads. The subdivision creates the possibility of future development on the new lots, but attorney Rob Gundlach, who represented the Henofers, said there are no immediate plans to build. Gundlach said the property totals about 85 acres.

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