Allen’s Automotive expands to open new Little Current location

The future site of Little Current’s Allen’s Automotive on Highway 6 near the recreation centre. photo by Robin Burridge

LITTLE CURRENT—Allen’s Automotive of Manitowaning and Little Current is expanding to open a new location in Little Current on Highway 6.

“The current Little Current store (NAPA Auto Parts Allen’s Automotive Group) on Water Street East is too small,” said Reuben Allen who owns Allen’s Automotive with his wife Sharon. “It was too small when I bought it and we have doubled in sales so we needed to build a new, bigger location.”

Allen’s Automotive is a family business, dating back to Mr. Allen’s grandfather who started Hembuff Motors in downtown Manitowaning in 1949. The Allens took over the business in 1997 (now located on Highway 6 in Manitowaning) and opened the Little Current location 10 years ago. Allen’s Automotive supplies auto parts to both businesses and individuals across Manitoulin.

“The new Little Current Allen’s Automotive will be 6,500 square feet,” explained Mr. Allen. “Of that, one third will be showroom, one third bulk storage and one third auto parts storage.”

The new store will mean an additional two to three jobs for the local economy.

The couple originally bought the property on Highway 6 in Little Current 11 years ago and was planning to build there, but decided on the Water Street location instead.

“The project is coming along,” said Mr. Allen. “They are just getting ready to pour the footings. We are hoping to have the building complete by March or April of next year.”