A car dealer leaves the Palatine for Des Plaines


An Internet-based car dealership is preparing to move its brick-and-mortar operation to Des Plaines from Palatine.

Premier Auto wants to open a store at 622 Northwest Highway. The space – in a commercial building that can house multiple tenants – was once used by moving company Two Men and a Truck.

The company wants to move because the site where it currently operates — 2296 N. Rand Road — is up for sale, documents show. He has been there for over five years.

The 5,500 square foot storefront in Des Plaines is the westernmost space in the building. More than half of the space would be an exhibition hall.

The city council tentatively approved the company’s application for a conditional use license for auto sales Monday night. A final vote is expected on July 5.

City officials are insisting on several conditions for approval, including rules for lighting, storage and a ban on using the property as commercial truck parking.

Fifth Ward Alderman Carla Brookman spoke in favor of the plan on Monday.

“It seems like an appropriate use for this vacant commercial space,” said Brookman, who replaced absentee Andrew Goczkowski as mayor. “It will definitely generate sales tax revenue for the city.”

Premier Auto could open later in the month, documents say.


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