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NAPA Auto Parts Store, Wildcat Road: 2000s   6 comments

Posted at 10:50 pm in historic,stores

I don't go to auto parts stores too often. I generally regard cars as a "hardware problem" that a software guy doesn't deal with too well though certainly I've bought the odd gas-cap or the like over the years. This particular shop had a bit of an out-of-the-way location; it was on "Wildcat Road", which is what Rosewood Drive becomes after it crosses Garners Ferry. This is behind the old K-Mart and its associated, dying strip mall (site of one of the locations of Robo's Video Arcade many years ago). I don't know what happened to it -- it wasn't a chain-wide thing as there are still several NAPA stores in town. I don't know what will happen to the lot, though it does appear to come with its own radio tower.

Written by ted on October 11th, 2008

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  1. I drive by this place often and always wonder what the story is. How can the owners afford to let it sit empty for what, 15 years least?

    Dennis

    12 Oct 08 at 11:42 am

  2. Wow, that's longer than I thought!

    ted

    12 Oct 08 at 1:37 pm

  3. I poked around in the Richland County property tax records and since NAPA closed this place has traded hands several times between cel phone companies and holding companies owned by Verizon. I guess they have some future plan for it. That tower in the back is not a cel phone tower is it? I think it was the old-fashioned radio dispatch for the NAPA delivery trucks.

    Dennis

    17 Oct 08 at 9:28 am

  4. I thought it was a dispatch tower as well, but when I saw the place again, from a distance, a few days ago, I said to myself, "You know, that looks like a cell tower", so I guess it is. That explains the verizon sign on the door too.

    ted

    17 Oct 08 at 11:46 am

  5. Just saw that the NAPA on Millwood is now closed.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    2 Mar 09 at 5:37 pm

  6. Just a guess: When Bell-Atlantic Mobile (now Verizon) put the tower up (@'94/'95), they also got the property that the parts store was on, and just closed it.

    badger

    3 Mar 09 at 9:30 am

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