Car dealerships, business in former Kmart coming to Marysville

MARYSVILLE – Three new auto dealerships are planning to open along Smokey Point Boulevard in north Marysville.

A new Toyota dealership is expected to apply for a building permit for a lot with 46,512-square-feet for the store and other buildings within the next week, said Planning Director Dave Koenig.

“The idea is when we met with them they wanted to start construction this year,” Koenig said. “They purchased the property at the end of 2016.”

That dealership is the furthest along of the new stores. The other two are Rairdon’s Chrysler-Dodge and Campbell Nelson Nissan. All three have submitted initial paperwork for the lots and are expected to sell new vehicles, Koenig said.

There are several dealerships already operating along that stretch of Smokey Point Boulevard, including Honda of Marysville and Marysville Ford. And Rairdon’s currently owns a dealership just a couple of blocks away in Arlington.

The area is attractive, because Marysville has secured funding to build a new interchange at 156th Street NE. That project is several years in the future, Koenig said.

The Toyota dealership is planned to be built on 6 acres at 16120 Smokey Point Boulevard just south of the Harley Davidson dealership. The dealership is expected to be able to display 267 vehicles.

Rairdon’s is planned on 7 acres at 16320 Smokey Point Blvd. Initial plans call for the store to be 37,759 square feet. The dealership hasn’t announced how many stalls would be at the lot.

Campbell Nelson is planning to build its lot in several phases. The land hasn’t been assigned an address, but it’s planned on 5 acres on the east side of Smokey Point Boulevard. The store portion is expected to be 30,000-square-feet.

The car dealerships will bring more jobs to the community, and also boost the city’s sales tax revenues.

Just to the south of this area, the now vacant Kmart store is expected to get a new tenant. The Marysville location was the chain’s last store in Snohomish County when it closed last summer.

Oregon-based chain Coastal Farm and Ranch has filed permits to take over the 87,406-square-foot store on State Avenue. Smokey Point Boulevard becomes State Avenue near 140th Street NE.

Coastal Farm and Ranch sells pet and livestock supplies, clothes like work wear and footwear, outdoor supplies such as lawn and garden, heating and cooling systems, safes, fencing, tools, automotive and farm supplies. The company has 15 stores in Washington and Oregon, with the closest one in Mount Vernon, according to its website.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jon Nehring, various council members and city staff also talked about a recent gathering of builders and developers. “Marysville’s the place to be,” Nehring said. “There’s not much else available. Finding land to the south is rare.”

He added that more economic diversity to this region could be coming soon.

“The road we’ve been on the past few years is starting to pave,” he said.

Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen added that, “Developers can’t believe how much is going on in the city of Marysville.”

The Marysville Globe contributed to this report.

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