Ed. Note: This is the first of a two part story about NAPA moving from its current location to a new renovated building near Super Valu. Today: A big renovated building will be NAPA's new home.
The Ferd Hack NAPA Auto Parts store in McArthur is moving from its current location on State Route 93 near the Sheriff's Office to the former McArthur Auto Parts Store located near the SuperValu grocery store.
NAPA store owner Jim Pullins, who owns 11 stores in the region including Logan and Middleport, has leased the McArthur Auto Parts Store from owner Todd Graham.
After the lease was signed, Pullins and his crew began a major renovation of the property and the business is scheduled to open at the new location today, Wednesday August 7 as crews from Columbus have moved equipment and merchandise to the new location. NAPA has been in the current location since 1958.
Pullins explained he did not tear down any walls in his new building, but made many other revisions including opening up the store by removing a former office. The ceilings have been raised, painting has been done, and there will be all new shelving.
Outside, a large NAPA sign has been placed on the front of the building and will light up at night. He explained he bought the McArthur business in 1999 and has wanted to move it ever since. Now, after looking at several locations including one beside R&C Quickstop, he has achieved his goal.
"We wanted to provide McArthur and Vinton County with a more modern auto parts store," said Pullins. "We are pleased to be making an investment in this community."
Store Manager Larry Mitchell explained he and his staff are excited about the move.
"Our new store will definitely be one McArthur will be proud of," said Mitchell. "Our current building is in disrepair and our customers will have a much nice place to do business. There will also be an expanded line of items including heavy duty truck parts."
The new store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may extend their hours on Saturday since they are now near some businesses that stay open a little later. Mitchell stated he is asking customers to be a little patient for the first few days while everything falls into place.
Part II: More information about the move, the new store, and comments from Mayor Jim Wooddell about another business investment being made in the village. Plus, comments from the commissioners who have been interested in the old property and will look at it again.