New ownership group owns 15 stores throughout the Northwest

For anyone who has driven by or through the Napa Auto Parts parking lot in recent months, one thing was clear: the property needed some help. by: PHOTOS BY JEFF SPIEGEL - Among the most noticable changes to the Napa building is the new coat of paint and the freshly paved parking lot.

With potholes in the parking lot that devoured small cars, and paint peeling from the building, the building that was one of the first seen on the way in to Estacada had become a bit of an eyesore.

No under new ownership, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The new ownership group, TWGW Inc., is a group of family members who 15 NAPA stores throughout Oregon and Washington. Even more impressive, however, is that the group has been around for 25 years and has never had to close a store.

The group includes Tony and Gail Wilson, Eric and Tina Wilson, Jerry and Marcia Schaecher, and Robert and Katie Wilson. Tony, Eric and Marcia are cousins, while Robert is Tony’s son.

While none of the owners are from the Estacada area, the location had been a desirable one for a while.

“We own Sandy and Molalla, so it kind of fit into the core of our business,” said Eric, the vice president. “We really thrive in small communities and rural markets.”

The previous Estacada owners, Steve and Gina Boll, also owned the Sandy store at one point before selling that to TWGW.

“The advantage to owning so many is that we’re able to buy in larger quantities and offer more aggressive prices to our customers,” Eric said. “We like the rural aspect because we like to be involved with communities and their schools and events.”

In fact, the new group has already made an impact, donating 50 footballs to the high school for the homecoming game two weeks ago.

One other community event to look forward to is their annual customer appreciation event in which they barbeque for the entire community and bring in their NASCAR trailers.

That, however, is a little ways off as the group focuses on getting the store up and running the way they want it. In addition to repaving the parking lot, the group repainted the building, put a new roof on, new air conditioning and even re-arranged the entire layout.

As it stood, the Napa store took up one side of the building, while the other half remained vacant after a local business closed down. Now, however, NAPA has expanded to fill both spots.

“We purchased the building and we wanted to do the improvements to get it back to presentable for the community,” Eric said. “We’re not quite done yet, but we moved the storefront from the left side to the east side. The old part of the building is now the back end of the store and we’re expanding the operation and adding more inventory.

“We hope people will come in and see the changes, but we’re not quite there yet. It takes some time.”

One thing that most locals will be happy to hear, as well, is that both food vendors that operate out of the parking lot will be staying put with the new owners.

“We’re hoping they draw people in for lunch,” Eric said.

The new store will be under the management of Dan Butler, who joins the store after working in Molalla previously. Alongside Butler will be a team of three other employees, all of whom who are from the local Estacada area.

“The community has been very supportive and they made it very easy to come into the community,” Eric said.

In the near future, the store will hold its grand opening event, but Eric said that could be about 30 days away while they work on filling the store with new inventory. They’re also hoping to add a delivery driver eventually, who can take parts to local shops.

The NAPA Auto Parts store is located at 375 N.W. Zobrist St. in downtown Estacada.

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