Two workers with Andersen Sign Company of Ogallala install a new store sign on the front of the auto parts store on Tuesday. (Johnson Publications photo)
Carquest changes name to Imperial Parts City Auto Parts
For the past 27 years, Dan Briggs, owner of Carquest Auto Parts, has provided the community with sundry auto parts at his store in Imperial.
Briggs made the decision to switch to Parts City Auto Parts and go with a different supplier to provide the community with better coverage and availability of parts.
He said the previous supplier was dropping popular lines like Gates, Wix and Standard Ignition.
The store will continue to be locally owned and operated by Briggs just as it has for nearly three decades.
“The only thing we’re doing is going back to ‘Made in the USA’,” said Briggs.
Everything will remain the same with the same great staff, he added.
“Melissa (Mel) McBride is manager and counter sales, Nicki Briggs is counter sales and Kerry Denker is our parts and route salesman,” he said.
In addition to selling auto parts, Parts City will also do battery recycling, battery testing, make custom hydraulic hoses, complete engine code checks, provide limited starter and alternator testing and wiper blade installation, said Briggs.
Jim Litchford, Market Development Manager from Springfield, Missouri, is helping oversee the store re-set.
He said there are 20 workers doing the re-set. He thought the store should be done by Thursday evening this week.
“We’re mainly sprucing it up, but Dan keeps his own identity. The focus is to increase inventory on the retail floor for a better shopper-friendly experience with continued emphasis on tool and equipment availability,” said Litchford.
Briggs said he likes running an auto parts store because of the people. The interaction with the customers and relationships built with them makes you who you are, he said.
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