Culver’s, tire store dividing former TSC property on Dixie

Work continued Friday afternoon where the local Culver’s franchisee is planning a second Elizabethtown restaurant. Discount Tire also is being built on the property off North Dixie Avenue near the Ring Road intersection.

It didn’t take long for the former home of Trac­tor Supply Co. along Dixie Highway near Ring Road to see new retail life.

A second Culver’s res­taurant in Eliza­beth­town and a Discount Tire currently are under con­struc­tion on the site. TSC left the 31W location for a new location on Ring Road, which opened about 13 months ago.

Known for its famous ButterBurger and fresh frozen custard, Culver’s serves fast casual food cooked-to-order. A Cul­ver’s opened in De­cem­ber 2017 at The Loop in The Overlook at Buffalo Creek near Interstate 65.

The second location is a 4,458-square-foot building that will cost slightly more than $2 million to build, according a construction permit.

Franchise owner Jason Behnke also operates the Buffalo Creek location.

Wisconsin-based Cul­ver’s has more than 600 franchises across the country as well as more than a dozen Kentucky locations.

Discount Tire is the largest independent tire and wheel retailer, operating more than 1,000 stores in 35 states, according to its website. The first store opened in 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and provides “a wide range of product choices, affordable pricing, and expert staff,” according to its website.

According to the Discount Tire development plan, the building will be 8,192-square feet and offer three service bays accessible from the south side of the building.

“They intend to divide the property so Culver’s and Discount Tire each own their lot,” said James Shaw, Elizabethtown planning and zoning director. “However, the site is designed as one development with two users that have shared access and parking.”

Discount Tire has corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, and offers three locations in Louisville.

STARLITE CENTER. The development contains numerous businesses, including Liquor Barn, Dollar Tree and a soon-to-open Starbucks. The retail center soon could have another new occupant, said Justin Phelps, president of Hogan Real Estate of Louisville. Hogan Real Estate owns the Starlite Center.

Phelps said his company is in talks with a “specialty retail” outlet at the former home of Marshall’s Jewelers.

He said he “probably should be able to share in the next month or so” what will be going in the structure.

Phelps said Starbucks should be open in about a month.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or

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