NAPA store moving from Richland to Hampton
The National Automotive Parts Association store in Richland is moving to Hampton.
Taylor Ley, the store's general manager, expects to begin doing business in September at the former Shults Ford dealership on Route 8.
But some regulars, including some auto and truck repair shops, will face longer drives to fetch tailpipes, mufflers and engine parts at the store's new site, located three miles south of its current location.
“We're getting mixed reviews about going down there,” said Ley, 39, of Lower Burrell.
Ley expects to add four or five employees to help operate the new store, which will offer evening hours.
“We will expand our force and our fleet,” said Ley, 39, of Lower Burrell. “The size of our showroom is going to be tremendous. We will be expanding greatly our retail offerings.”
Last month, Hampton Council approved an application from Fayette Parts Service Inc. — which owns more than 23 NAPA stores in Western Pennsylvania — to use the former Shults dealership for an auto parts store.
Hampton's zoning ordinance requires such “change of use” approval after a property remains vacant for more than one year.
A Shults Ford Lincoln dealership is now located in Wexford.
Fayette Parts Service Inc. currently leases the building at 5562 William Flynn Highway in Richland where it operates the NAPA store slated to relocate in Hampton. Fayette Parts Service owner Carl DellaPenna purchased business in September 2011.
“This building does not meet our needs ... We're just completely out of room,” Ley said. “We asked to purchase this building, but it was not for sale.”
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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