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Advanced Auto Parts store set to open

Michael Hillman

(11/20/14) The new Advance Auto Parts store in Thurmont, which has been under construction since May, is expected to open on December 19. The 6,900 square foot facility will employ at least 14 people.

Lou Perez, the District Manager for Advanced Auto Parts in the local regional area, said he was looking forward to the opening. "I’ve never been so excited about a store as I am about the Thurmont store," Perez said. "We are looking forward to being part of the greater Thurmont area. We not only hope to serve the needs of local ‘do it your self auto enthusiasts’ in northern Frederick and Southern Adams County, but we are also looking forward to adding value to the wonderful community that is Thurmont. It is our hope that when you walk into the new store you’ll see faces behind the counter you know and can trust."

"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," continued Perez.

Perez said it became clear to Advanced Auto Parts that there was a need for a store in Thurmont after analyzing, through the use of zip codes, where customers for its current Frederick and Taneytown stores came from. "We were surprised to see residents in Emmitsburg and Thurmont were almost split equally between choosing the Frederick and Taneytown stores. By placing the store in Thurmont, we could cut the driving time down for them, as well as the residents in Fairfield and Carroll Valley."

The location of the shop in Thurmont, just one block off of Route 15 adjacent to the Mountain Gate restaurant, was chosen, according to Perez, because "It's convenient to residents throughout the Northern part of the county. You can get in and out and back to work on your car quickly." Delivery is also available for local commercial customers such as mechanics and garages.

The new Thurmont store will not only serve the "do it your self auto enthusiasts," but also local garages and residents who might need just a little help getting something minor fixed such as, installing wiper blades—free services that have made Advance Auto Parts customer service second-to-none in the auto parts industry.

With a focus on the environment, the new store will also offer free oil and battery recycling. Residents who bring in old batteries will receive a $5 store gift card for each battery recycled. The store will offer a wide range of parts and recognized national brands, as well as several free services, including complimentary electrical charging system and battery checks. Installation of new batteries is offered free of charge on most models. In addition, the store staff will assist customers with check engine light issues by offering free computer code reading.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America. It operates 5,300 stores and employs approximately 7,000 people.

The Thurmont store will be the fourth Advance Auto Parts location in the local driving area, joining the two stores in Frederick (1003 West Patrick Street and Routes 26 and 15) and the Taneytown store on Route 140 on the east end of Taneytown.

The new Thurmont store, which will hold a formal ribbon-cutting opening on Friday, December 20, will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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