Portsmouth Zoning Board postpones hearing on auto parts store

The Zoning Board will once again hold a hearing Thursday on a special use permit, which, if approved, would result in a new auto parts store in Portsmouth. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Zoning Board voted unanimously Thursday to postpone a hearing on a special use permit, which, if approved, would result in the construction of a new 7,250 sq.-ft. auto parts store. 

The hearing will be continued at the Zoning Board meeting on May 18.  

Portsmouth RI Commercial LLC is requesting a special use permit to build a new 7,250 sq.-ft. structure adjacent to the Dollar General store, which is located at 3228 East Main Road. 

The entire agenda item read as follows: 

(C) A petition by Portsmouth RI Commercial, LLC (owner), 3228 East Main Road (29- 32) for a special use permit (Art V, Sec E.14, Art VII, Sec. G) to allow a new 7,250 sq ft retail business development. The proposed development is a modification to a previously approved plan (March 19, 2015) with a 6,000 sq ft retail building.


The proposed structure will house a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Starting from a single store in 1957, O’Reilly Auto Parts now occupies 4,829 locations throughout the United States. The closest store to Portsmouth is located in Fall River, Mass. 


More than a dozen opponents attended the Zoning Board meeting Thursday evening with plans to speak out against the proposal, but left shortly after the continuation was announced. 

The special use permit would be a modification to a previous permit, which resulted in building the heavily contested Dollar General store. 

The request approved in March 2015 to build the Dollar General store came under heavy local opposition, which included the circulation of a petition throughout town.

Two years later, the Dollar General store is currently listed for sale at a price of $2 million. 


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