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Advance Auto Parts, 4731 Devine Street: Feb 2009 (open again)   14 comments

Posted at 12:52 am in stores

I was going to Panera Bread the other day, and noticed that this Advance Auto Parts store in an outparcel of the Garners Ferry Road K-Mart was gone. Actually, the day I noticed it, one of those fly-by-night sofa sales operations had set up shop in the parking lot (which is well located for access and visibility). The door sign optimistically states "closed temporarily", but we shall see. Interestingly (or not :-) this place is just catty-cornered across the street from the NAPA Auto Parts store I wrote about a while back.

And as a special added bonus, the historical marker for "Camp Jackson", which is in the store parking lot:

UPDATE 18 March 2009:

Well, looks like I took those pictures just in time. I went by on 12 March, and they had already knocked the whole place down (except for the front steps) and were digging a honking big hole where it was. So far the historic plaque is untouched.

UPDATE 17 Dec 2010: Fixed the post title to indicate "Devine Street" rather than "Garners Ferry Road". Added a second picture of the new store.

UPDATE 5 October 2009: The new store is built and open:

UPDATE 17 Dec 2010: Changed post title to indicate Devine Street rather than Garners Ferry Road. Added another picture of the new store.

Written by ted on March 4th, 2009

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14 Responses to 'Advance Auto Parts, 4731 Devine Street: Feb 2009 (open again)'

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  1. Wasn't this a Key Wholesellers first?

    Tom

    4 Mar 09 at 9:58 am

  2. Maybe. But it had been a Western Auto since the mid 1970s until Advance moved into it. I've heard that this location is going to be razed and a new building built. Whether the new building is a new Advance or some other store remains to be seen. We could really use another sub shop in that area.

    badger

    4 Mar 09 at 11:07 am

  3. Saw the wrecking equipment sitting in the parking lot today (3/6) so this place is coming down very soon. Someone must have big plans for this spot.

    Dennis

    6 Mar 09 at 3:38 pm

  4. Tom

    Was it a Key Wholesalers or Sam Soloman's store when it was first built?

    Terry Edwards

    7 Mar 09 at 12:43 am

  5. Key, the only Sam Solomon's i know of was by Dutch Square

    Tom

    7 Mar 09 at 7:29 pm

  6. Which would be here.

    ted

    8 Mar 09 at 1:19 am

  7. I think it was a western auto to start with. My Dad used to be district manager of Western Autos so I'll check with him. Western Auto got swallowed up by Advance a few years ago. I think it became Advance around the time they tore down the Advance that was in Rosewood Shopping Center.

    Mr. Bill

    10 Mar 09 at 2:45 pm

  8. It was a Western Auto before it became Advance. The summer after my freshman year in college I did temp work and we were part of the crossover. Ah, the forklift was fun to drive... And the contractor used fatback, yes, I said "fatback", to slide the display shelves across the floor so he didn't have to take them apart and reassemble them. Only in the South... :p

    Steve B

    11 Mar 09 at 12:49 pm

  9. I just noticed the other day, as I think it was this past Friday, that they have torn this building down. I am now wondering and watching to see what comes next!

    Mrs. SK

    17 Mar 09 at 10:59 pm

  10. Yeah, I saw that -- pretty impressive hole there!

    I'll update the post with some new pix.

    ted

    17 Mar 09 at 11:29 pm

  11. There was a downstairs to it (at least when it used to be Western Auto). I remember going in there with my dad when I was little and while he was getting parts for our cars, I would play on the stairs that went to the lower level...perhaps that is why there is a hole, they might have still had a "downstairs" to clean out of there with those machines ???

    Melanie Gallant

    26 Mar 09 at 10:54 pm

  12. Apparently they are rebuilding this as an Advance, according to the sign on the property now.

    badger

    3 Apr 09 at 10:04 pm

  13. When it was Western Auto they had a service department under the parts store. That's where they mounted and installed tires and did other services

    gary

    26 May 09 at 6:18 pm

  14. My first bike, a Western Flyer Buzz Bike, came from this store in 1972.

    tonkatoy

    27 Apr 12 at 1:21 pm

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