New Napa ownerhas changes in mind for popular Peace Portal Drive store

Published on Thu, Sep 2, 2004 by ack Kintner

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New Napa owner has changes in mind for popular Peace Portal Drive store

By Jack Kintner

Richard Eacret is the new owner of the NAPA auto parts store at 830 Peace Portal Drive. “We’ve always had a small parts inventory at Alley Auto,” Eacret said, referring to the shop he formerly ran on D Street, “but we didn’t have much room up there.”

Former owner Don Meyer put the NAPA auto parts store on Peace Portal Drive up for sale earlier this year and on July 1 Eacret, 35, moved in. Along with his parents Terry and John, Eacret also employs Richard Mulka and Kirk Fengel. A Blaine high school class of ’87 classmate, Tom Barnes, now runs Alley Auto.

“I more or less came with the place,” laughed Fengel, who’s been working there less than a year. He sees the transition as being one of having more inventory at the store. “People are used to this being a catalog store,” Fengel said, “and now come in and are sometimes surprised that we’ll have something they need in stock.”

Some things will stay the same, said Eacret, such as the working relationship the store has had with local mechanics. “This is a home town family operated store,” said Terry Eacret, “and we want local folks to know that.”

There are future plans to redesign the layout of the present store, Eacret said, but aside from increasing their inventory the focus is on offering good service and building their local customer base.

The store is open seven days a week, 8 to 6 Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 3 Sunday, and can be reached at