NAPA Auto Parts has new owner, hours
Mike Hayes took over in June as the owner of NAPA Auto Parts in Perry.
Hayes came to the store, located at 1001 3rd St., with a background on the heavy-duty truck side.
He started as a diesel mechanic with Freightliner in Lincoln, Neb. Hayes was then promoted to service manager in Council Bluffs, where he worked for 11 years. He moved to California before moving back and working as a shop foreman for Freightliner in Omaha.
Hayes then moved to Panora, where an opportunity to get involved with NAPA Auto Parts came up. He inquired about NAPA with the owner of the Panora store, who put him in touch with someone in Des Moines.
After a few months, Hayes said they located the Perry store, where the owner was thinking of selling. Hayes then took over the store on June 1.
“From diesel trucks to automotive parts, it was a quick jump over,” Hayes said.
He was also looking to get back into a small town as that is where he grew up.
“I got involved with Freightliner and moved to the big city. I missed the small town more than anything, getting to know the people and the community,” Hayes said.
He is looking forward to getting to know the people in the area and helping the customers who walk in the door.
Hayes said his time spent as a service manager gave him experience in working with those customers.
“I think that helped me a lot with getting into this, talking to customers, seeing what their needs are and finding out ways to serve them,” Hayes said.
Hayes said he hasn’t made many changes to the store yet. Coming from a diesel background, he said he would like to get into the heavy-duty, farm and industrial side in the future.
The store currently carries a lot of everything, Hayes said, from tools to automotive and lawn mower parts. He would also like to expand the store’s inventory as he continues in the business.
The hours have also expanded since he started. The store is now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to growing the business and helping our customers succeed in their job. If they succeed, I succeed,” Hayes said.