At a recent Village of West Carthage Planning Board Meeting plans were announced for the relocation of the local NAPA Auto Parts store to the Franklin Plaza Commons on Broad Street.
The plans were presented by Michael E. Lundy and Kent Burto, Northern Developers, on behalf of Lee Gill, Owner of NAPA Auto Parts – Gillees Auto Truck Marine of Carthage, 200 North Mechanic Street.
The new store will occupy the space formerly occupied by ShowBiz Video and Hunt Real Estate, located next to Subway and Pizza Hut
Mr. Gill discussed the relocation decision and plans. “I have owned the Carthage NAPA since March of 2006, adding it to our family of eleven other retail locations and fifteen total locations located in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Otsego Counties. For a number of years I have been looking to expand the retail part of our Carthage business, including updating the store and its location. The opportunity presented itself for the Franklin Place location and I feel it will be a great situation for a few reasons: The location is very, very visible. There are thousands of vehicles that travel back and forth every single day. Being out in front of people and being seen is of great importance. The new space (approximately 5,100 sq. ft.) will also be on one level and allow us to completely build it out to more of retail oriented setup. Many business efficiencies from the build out will occur, plus the fact we are moving from an older building to a newer energy efficient facility all make it a plus.”
Mr. Gill also noted that the close proximity of this location to his current location on North Mechanic Street in Carthage will make the move easy, and also convenient for his existing customer base (both retail and his large wholesale client base).
Northern Developers and Mr. Gill also announced that they are in negotiations for Mr. Gill to purchase the building in the spring of 2015, as plans for an expansion of the NAPA store are being developed. “I currently lease the location in Carthage, and as stated want to modify the space, so by purchasing this building with two great existing businesses already in place make the purchase something to pursue.”
Mr. Lundy welcomed Mr. Gill and NAPA to Franklin Place. Since we established Franklin Place in 2000, its location has been one of its greatest strengths. The addition of NAPA will only strengthen the overall traffic flow in an already growing business district, ultimately benefiting everyone located there.
A mid-winter opening is planned for the new NAPA store.