by Madison White Franks
The National Auto Parts Association (NAPA) store at 340 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will hold a grand re-opening Tuesday, November 14, to celebrate new ownership.
The grand re-opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a free catered lunch will be served between noon and 2 p.m.
As of July 1, Heather and Kevin Jones of Charles City are the new owners of NAPA, taking over from Wayne and Emily Lawson who were the owners for 41 years.
The Joneses also own the West Point NAPA. Kevin has been in the auto parts business for 30 years and Heather comes from being in the restaurant industry.
The Lawsons opened NAPA in Kilmarnock in June of 1976, said longtime employee Steve Ashton. Their location was in town where Chao Phraya Thai is now housed. They moved in 1978 to the current location at 340 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.