Two construction projects are filling in vacant corners along a busy stretch of Marshall Avenue in Longview.
The second Advance Auto Parts store in Longview is building at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Green Street. And a Cash Express store is nearing completion a few blocks west, at Center Street and Marshall Avenue.
Steven Davis, district manager for Advance Auto Parts, said construction of the new $4.2 million outlet is an effort to take better care of customers in the center of town.
Advance’s other Longview store is at 4006 W. Marshall Ave., near the intersection of Loop 281 and Marshall Avenue.
“Business is good; we are always looking at ways of meeting our customer needs in a quicker way. It felt like a way to take care of them,” Davis said.
The 10,000-square-foot building, being constructed by Sheridan Inc., will be staffed by about 10 employees and house about 35,000 parts for commercial and private customers.
The corner had been home to a Tele’s Mexican Restaurant until the eatery moved to 1700 Judson Road. The building that housed it recently was demolished.
Advance Auto Parts sells parts, accessories, batteries and maintenance items for do-it-yourselfers and professionals.
The company operates more than 3,700 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and reported $6.17 billion in sales nationally in 2011.
Davis said the company was planning to move into the new facility in about 60 days.
“We are looking at opening this in late May, maybe May 23 or 28,” he said.
Down the street, at 100 E. Marshall Ave., work is underway on a new 1,500-sqare-foot commercial building for Cash Express, a payday loan and check cashing business.
Cox Builders is constructing the structure, which received a building permit from the city valued at $200,000.
Officials with Cash Express did not return calls seeking comment on the new facility, which will be next door to Hot Dog Express.