Roundup: Miller Auto Care eyes new location; Aldi opens in Carmel; Chipotle coming to Fishers

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Carmel’s Miller Auto Care might soon have a new home.

The 50-year-old business at 434 S. Range Line Road plans to relocate along the Range Line Road corridor to 969 N. Range Line Road.

In May 2017, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission and Miller Auto Care reached an agreement for the commission to buy the auto shop’s property to make room for a roundabout at Fourth Street and Range Line Road that would facilitate the development of Midtown.

The agreement allowed Miller Auto Care to stay at its old address rent-free for two years.

With that deal nearing its end, Developer Old Town Companies LLC has filed plans to build a facility for Miller Auto Care at 969 N. Range Line Road, a site that previously housed an auto repair facility called Indy Auto Imports, which moved to Lebanon.

Site plans show Old Town plans to construct an 8,895-square-foot building with a large parking lot on the 4.7-acre site. An existing building would remain on the property.

Old Town has requested a use variance for the project because the site’s zoning designation, C-2, does not allow for an auto repair facility.

The Carmel Plan Commission hearing officer will consider the proposal Jan. 29.

Old Town has indicated construction would begin immediately if its plans are approved.

In other North of 96th retail and development news:

— Pizza-and-beer restaurant Pies & Pints opened at Hamilton Town Center Dec. 17. IBJ first reported the restaurant’s pending arrival in April. The Ohio-based chain also recently opened at 14550 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel.

Aldi opened its first store in Carmel at 10584 Workout Way on Dec. 13. The new location, near 106th Street and North Michigan Road. The grocery chain already operates a location at 14620 Greyhound Plaza. Though that store has a Carmel address, it’s actually in Westfield.

— Theatrical Avenue, a stage makeup and beauty supply retailer, will open its first brick-and-mortar store Dec. 28 in the Nash Building at Carmel City Center. Owners Sabeen and Amir Haider have operated Theatrical Avenue as an online retailer for 13 years. The Carmel City Center location, 858 S. Range Line Road, will feature makeup, hair and nail supplies for theater, photo shoots and day-to-day makeup.

— First Harvest, a locally-owned boutique, has opened at 13901 Town Center Blvd. in Hamilton Town Center, across from Pies and Pints. The clothing boutique donates 10 percent of its profit to Mercy Multiplied, a not-for-profit that helps women who have been abused, suffer from additions or are involved in sex trafficking. The store is the fourth in Indiana owned by Kimmie and Matt Bridges.

— Chipotle is opening its first Fishers location in the Delaware Commons development on the north side of 116th Street, west of Cumberland Road. A drive-thru at the store would only be used as a pickup window (so you won’t be able to order there). Construction should start in 2019.

Dirtbuster Car Wash has opened in Whitestown. The car wash held a ribbon cutting Dec. 14 to celebrate the grand opening at 6162 S Main St. 

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