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Schucks celebrates grand opening in North Bend
Mountain Valley Center in North Bend gained a new tenant two
weeks before Christmas, but it wasn't until last week that Schuck's Auto Parts
was ready to "formally" say hello to the Valley.
Located at 350 Mount Si Blvd., the recent addition to the Upper
Valley's business scene actually opened for business on Dec. 10. The party
was held last Saturday, complete with prize drawings and live radio coverage
from two Seattle-area stations.
"Business has been good," said manager Ron Lemaster, who
came over from the company's Renton store to take the reins. "All we did was
unlock the front doors and people started coming in."
The North Bend Schuck's is one of approximately 1,100
nationwide, with stores in some parts of the country carrying the Checker's and
Kragen names. Lemaster's crew numbers eight, including two assistant
managers _ Jerry Gardner and Bruce Murphy _ who are from North Bend.
"This is one of our larger stores," he commented. "It's about twice
the size of a traditional or older style store. We offer a wide variety of
selection and prices. One thing we feature, if you can find the same comparable
part cheaper somewhere else, we'll beat the price by five percent."
Besides the aisles chocked full of oil, parts, accessories,
lubricants, dress-up items, hardware and automotive components, Schuck's also
offers several services. The store serves as an oil-recycling center and will
also take that old auto battery off your hands.
"Our basic philosophy is to exceed the customer's expectations,"
said Lemaster. "When they come in here, we give them a shopping
experience beyond what they initially expected."
While the store is part of a large national chain, Lemaster
feels Schuck's has much to offer the local community. He knows that he and
his employees are glad to be here.
"I think there's a definite tie into the community," he
commented. "That's our intention. We want to be
a strong part of the community and participate in community activities."