WHAT’S GOING ON HERE: NAPA Auto Parts moved from its original location close to the Illinois River on Pekin’s west side, a former food store on Broadway Road.


NAPA Auto Parts will almost double its floor space by the end of the year when it moves from 215 Fayette St. to the former Aldi Foods at 2101 Broadway Road. The new store will open sometime in the fourth quarter. It is currently under renovation. MPEC President Greg Allen said the company has acquired several former Aldi stores. The store on Fayette will be closed. It was a leased facility and Allen did not know what plans the owner has for it. 


Allen said MPEC is an independent NAPA owner, which is not exactly a franchise, but the company is an authorized distributor of NAPA products. MPEC bought the Aldi location in December 2016. The larger portion of the business is after market parts sales to dealerships and professional parts installers for automotive, marine crafts, agriculture, and lawn and garden.


“We will certainly expand our inventory in the market as far as what will be available on the shelf and what’s available to the professional installer — behind the counter, if you will,”  said Allen. “So we expect our inventory would increase by probably 40 percent is our goal. It’s a larger footprint overall, so we will have more retail product available — not significantly — but ultimately a significantly larger hard product offering (car repair parts).” Retail products are items such as car wax, window cleaner and so on.

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