MIDDLETOWN – Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, opened its first store in Middletown on Thursday, July 17, at 1175 Highway 35.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to be held at 9 a.m. Friday, July 18, at the store.
Company officials said they chose this location for the store because it’s convenient to where their customers live and shop as well as the garages where they take their vehicles for repair.
Tom O’Neill is the new general manager and works with 14 other team members at the new Middletown location. A 14-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, O’Neill has been with the Advance Auto Parts Team for seven years. He is ASE-certified, having passed stringent testing of his automotive knowledge by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
The new store offers customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands as well as several free services. Store team members will provide free installation for new windshield wipers and also offer a complimentary check of the vehicle’s electrical system and old battery, as well as provide free installation of a new battery with purchase on most vehicles. The store offers fast parts delivery to local commercial customers such as professional mechanics and garages.
During regular store hours, customers may drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling – ensuring that these materials don’t end up in landfills where they could harm the environment.
“Advance Auto Parts is committed to bringing our promise – ‘Service is our best part’ – to life not only for our customers, but also in the communities where our customers and team members live. As part of this commitment, we are pleased to announce a $1,000 check has been donated to Camp Moore, a camp away from home for children with special needs,” O’Neill said.
The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.