Making way for the future

New businesses coming to town


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Heavy equipment was used to tear down this building alongside the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River — one of two structures recently destroyed to make room for new businesses.

MATT TUNSETH

What looks like a war zone will soon become an AutoZone.

A spokesperson for the nationwide auto parts store confirmed Monday the chain will soon move to Eagle River.

The store will occupy space alongside the Old Glenn Highway where demolition crews recently tore down the building that formerly housed Aztec’s restaurant and Everything Under the Midnight Sun thrift store.

And AutoZone isn’t the only national chain planning a move to Eagle River. Also in the early stages of construction is Walgreens, which will build its store at the corner of the Old Glenn and Eagle River Loop Road. That’s where Holiday gas station stood until about a month ago, when it, too, was demolished to make way for new construction.

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Susie Gorski said she’s excited to welcome the new businesses to town.

“It’s exciting to see new investment in our community,” Gorski said.

Neither business will be the first of its kind in Eagle River, but Gorski said she thinks the newcomers can exist — and thrive — side-by-side with existing businesses in town.

“I’ve always believed in the rising tide theory,” she said.

Both stores plan 2013 openings.

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