For NAPA’s grand re-opening Saturday, it wasn’t a new business, just a new location being celebrated.
Approximately 250 people attended the celebration with prizes, free hot dogs and gifts for everyone. Although the store at 278 N. 300 E., next to 7 Eleven and behind Subway, has been open for about four months, owners Darrell and Cheryl Rupp wanted to wait for spring weather to officially open to the public.
After 12 years in business in Morgan City, they will miss their old business neighbors–Little Lube and Tire as well as Carrigan Motors–but look forward to life in new digs surrounded by new business neighbors, where they can pull clients from those stopping for gas or on their way to recreational opportunities.
NAPA went from 3,000 square feet on 125 North to 5,000 square feet in their new building, which was built by local Center Point Construction.
“We wanted a business location that was more easily accessible,” said Rupp, who employs four. “We are pleased with the high quality building and know it will be an asset for decades to come. We feel strongly about improving the business climate in Morgan and contributing to the tax base here.”
“It is a bigger floor plan, more open, more light, and has ample parking,” said employee Chad Carrigan.
“Our goal is to be a service, asset and contributor to the community, to help people solve their problems whether they be with cars, farm equipment, recreational vehicles or lawn and garden equipment,” Rupp said. “We serve the local shops, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers.”
“Our counter is always open,” said Carrigan from behind a vintage tailgate that is the counter.
NAPA is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We were pleased with the outpouring of community support,” said Rupp, who owns the new building. “We are here to stay.”
Rupp said the grand re-opening couldn’t have been possible without the help and support of his five children and 10 grandchildren.