The end of the Ingles Supermarket at the corner of Bethelview Road and Atlanta Highway might be near.
A metro-Atlanta company wants to turn the 79,000-square-foot Ingles building into a vehicle sales dealership with 506 parking spaces on 12.12 acres of Ingles’ property at 6055 Bethelview Road, according to documents with the Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development.
JBE Realty Holdings, LLC, which is run by the family behind Jim Ellis Automotive Group, applied for a conditional-use permit on Aug. 2.
Jim Ellis Automotive Group has 18 dealerships in Buford, Chamblee, Kennesaw, Marietta and McDonough. The group sells a variety of makes, from Kia to Maserati. It’s unclear from county documents what brand of vehicle the proposed dealership would sell, only that it would open in late 2020.
The application includes 12 different variances, including one to increase the number of parking spaces in front from 300 to 383 and another to allow truck deliveries from 4 a.m. to midnight.
An informal review by county staff was supportive of the dealership even without most of the variances, according to documents.
The Ingles location has suffered from nearby competition, particularly Kroger’s store in the Steeplechase retail center, though the North Carolina-based national grocery chain has tried to bolster their 32.84-acre corner lot near Exit 13 off Ga. 400.
In 2003, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved plans for The Shoppes at Bethelview, a 112,000-square-foot retail center that fizzled.
This past June, commissioners approved a conditional-use permit for RaceTrac to build an around-the-clock gas station with a 5,400-square-foot convenience store and 32 parking spaces on the property.
This latest effort is still in its earliest stages, with a work time period up until March 3, 2020.
Correction (Sept. 6, 2019): An earlier version of this story incorrectly described when the project is eligible to go before the Forsyth County Planning Commission. The applicant work period is a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 180 days. Any time within that period, the applicant can file for board consideration and it will be added to the public hearing calendar for the planning commission.