Napa opens store in De Smet

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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On Dec. 22 Michael Waliezer opened the doors of his new Napa auto parts store just outside of De Smet. Waliezer and his wife Jocelyn have four children and  live in Bryant.

 

Jocelyn’s brother, Jay Rosenlund, is the store manager and Michael’s father, Kyle Waliezer, is also directly involved in the business.

 

They are also looking for a few full-time and part-time employees.

 

The opportunity to open a local Napa store came about when Cristy and Jeremy Woodcock, who, until recently, owned and operated a NAPA store in Lake Preston, decided they no longer wanted the NAPA parts store and Waliezer bought their inventory. The Woodcocks still own and operate their auto-repair shop in Lake Preston.

 

The store is in a Quonset building on Highway 14 about a mile west of town.

 

“We’re still getting set up. Every day we get another step closer,” Waliezer said.

 

The store will eventually offer not only auto and truck parts, but also agricultural and marine lines.

 

Waliezer said they plan to construct a new, larger building next spring. Until then, they will operate the store out of the present building.

 

Once the new building is constructed, Waliezer hopes to expand the business to include trailers and other types of equipment for sale or rent.

 

“Eventually, we hope to have a huge inventory,” he said. “The first six months will be our learning curve.”

 

Waliezer said Napa will deliver parts to everyone, and not just to their bigger clients.

 

 “We are going to focus on the service side — personal and individual sales too,” he said.

 

Napa will hold a grand opening sometime in February, once they are more settled in. Waliezer said he looks forward to meeting more people and becoming part of the town.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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