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Couple to reopen auto parts store

Allen Jones  and Steve Nutter
Allen Jones, left, and Steve Nutter install a sign outside the new store on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Samantha and Chuck Wymer
Samantha and Chuck Wymer are the new owners of Strasburg Auto Parts on East King Street. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Elizabeth Wilkerson -- Daily Staff Writer

STRASBURG -- A local couple is nearly ready to restart the motor of a former auto parts store on East King Street.

"We've got a lot to get done to get in Monday," Samantha Wymer said over the whirring of a power tool at Strasburg Auto Parts on Wednesday.

Wymer and her husband, Chuck, will own and operate the new store, which will feature Napa parts. It is set to open for business Monday morning. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chuck Wymer has been in the auto repair business for 14 years. He rented space in Strasburg and Toms Brook before Wymer's Auto Repair's current location, at 27362 Old Valley Pike in Toms Brook, opened in June 2006.

"He's always wanted to have a parts store," Mrs. Wymer said. "So, when the opportunity became available, we kind of jumped on it."

The pair first approached NAPA in August about opening a store, Wymer said, and they settled on its location, at 1101 E. King St., in January. The building, which is owned by Byron Brill, formerly housed a NAPA Auto Parts store, she said, but that business closed in December 2007.

"[Brill] wanted a parts store back in this place," Wymer said. "He just felt that that's what this building is for."

Chuck Wymer, who, along with his wife, graduated from Strasburg High School, said many of his customers are from Strasburg. People have been very positive about the store's opening, she said.

"There's definitely a need for it here in Strasburg," she said, and people have been stopping by to ask when the auto parts store will open. "They need parts now."

Getting the store ready for its Monday opening has involved painting, repairing the roof, refurbishing the storefront and "lots of cleaning," Chuck Wymer said, as well as restocking the shelves. Crews also removed a wall, Wymer said, which "really did let some light in" and made the retail space look bigger.

There was still some inventory in the building when they began working in it, she said, but NAPA had them send most of it back. Chuck Wymer said they donated thousands of pounds of cardboard and paper that were in the building to a local school.

Along with a wide variety of auto parts, he said, the shop will make and sell hydraulic hoses, and will carry some small lawn and garden and heavy truck parts.

"But, we can pretty much get everything and anything as we find out what the need is, too," he said.

Chuck Wymer said the store's basic inventory is made up of NAPA's best-selling parts. The store's computers are set up to reorder parts when they are sold, he said, but they also keep track of missed sales, or when customers request parts that are not kept in stock. If a sale is missed on a specific part twice in six months, "the computer gives you an option to stock it," he said.

The economy is the couple's main concern, she said, though her husband added that it will "turn in time." Business at the Toms Brook shop has been up and down in recent months, he said.

"More people are trying to do their own work," Wymer said. "We've managed to hold on to a pretty strong business. ... We're definitely blessed, that's for sure.

"We hope it stays that way."

Contact Elizabeth Wilkerson at ewilkerson@nvdaily.com

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