WILLMAR — The brick building at the corner of Becker Avenue and Second Street Southwest in downtown Willmar had a long history with automobiles, first as a Studebaker dealership starting in 1949 and then as an auto parts store starting in 1961.

Soon the empty lot where the building stood will provide a place for vehicles to park.

The CD&T Auto Parts Store building was demolished last week. Carris Health now owns the lot and, according to the city of Willmar Planning Department, Carris plans to use the site as a parking lot. No new building projects on the property have been announced.

The building was constructed around 1949. The April 7, 1949, issue of the Willmar Daily Tribune said the Studebaker Sales and Services garage was owned by Roy and Elmer Boehner when it opened. A house that had been on the site was moved in the fall of 1948, the paper said.

CD&T Auto Parts Store, also known as Cleary, Dudgeon and Turek, was established in 1961 and co-owners included Charles J. Turek and J. Donald Cleary, according to both men's obituaries.