A new NAPA Auto Parts store opened in a new location on May 1.
"I like providing the return of a long-time Monett business for its loyal customers," said business owner Roger Bilyeu. "NAPA has always had a presence in Monett and I thought we still needed one."
The new NAPA location is at 801 Jerome Lane, in the former Skateland building behind Taco Bell.
While the square footage of the new location is not much bigger than the former, Bilyeu said the space is better utilized.
"This is a controllable space and used more efficiently than the area in the former location," Bilyeu said. "It makes things easier to find."
Monettans might recognize at least one familiar face in the new store.
"Ken Woolery, who was a parts professional at the former store, is back at this location and ready to serve our customers," Bilyeu said. "We also have Rick Fiedler and Chelsea Jones, a college student on summer break."
Although new to the auto parts industry, Bilyeu has worked on oil rigs along the California coast and as the head maintenance technician for the Branson Belle.
"For most of my life, I've been on jobs that require 24-hour a day availability," Bilyeu said. "I've spent my whole life buying parts, not selling them."
Monettans may also remember Bilyeu owned the Auto and Truck Radiator Shop on 14th street from 2001 until 2006.
"I've been with NAPA 50 years this coming fall," Woolery said. "We get a lot of restorative parts for classic cars and hard to find parts for others."
One service offered by the business is special orders.
"If we don't have a part in stock, we have access to a nationwide network of warehouses and can generally get them shipped in by the next afternoon. Orders placed by 5 p.m. will usually be here by 7:30 a.m. the following day."
"We also install wiper blades and perform battery and alternator checks," added Fiedler. "Customer service is our goal."
"We've been really well received here in Monett," said Bilyeu. "We've had a very warm response from our customers."
Bilyeu said in addition to auto parts, the business is focusing on providing repairs parts for heavy-duty semi trucks, agricultural and industrial vehicles.
"I'm hoping once the business gets established, I can do some other things," Bilyeu said. "But I plan to stick close by and see how this goes.
"No more 24-hour a day jobs and no more oil rigs," he continued. "I plan to retire from this business."