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Why Auto Parts Stores Are Deemed Essential Busineses, and How They're Adjusting

Posted April 12, 2020 12:00 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Coronavirus engineering pandemic

In addition to my efforts for Hemmings Motor News, I continue to work one day a week at my first career, staffing an auto parts counter at a company-owned NAPA store in upstate New York. This is the same company I've worked for, in various roles from delivery driver to store manager, since 1976. With the coronavirus outbreak, the governor of New York was one of the first to require all but essential workers to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. You might wonder why auto parts stores are deemed essential, especially because of the inevitable retail interactions, but we (meaning our stores) do fill several roles that make our business important to the fight against the disease.

There is not doubt, personal transportation is 'capital E' Essential.

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04/14/2020 7:58 PM

I needed a muffler the other day. Went online, ordered and paid for it. A half hour later I was at the auto parts store. They brought it out and handed it to me through the open window of my SUV. No standing in line for 45 minutes, I could get used to this!!!!!

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