Friday will be the end of an era for a Williams family with longtime ties to Napa Auto Parts.
Marvin and Jeanine Burgess are saying goodbye to their Mid-Valley Auto Parts (Napa) store, located at 609 N. 7th St., as they welcome Deroda Inc. to Williams.
Deroda, which is made up of local families, owns Napa Auto Parts in Corning, Orland, Willows, Arbuckle, and now Colusa and Williams. The company recently acquired the two Hust. Bros stores in Colusa (234 Market St.) and Williams (450 7th St.), as well as the entire Napa inventory from Mid-Valley.
“It’s time for us to move on,” Marvin said. “I will be turning 65 this year so this will be one step closer for us for retiring. Nov. 15 will be our last day in business here and on Saturday, Napa will come in and scan all these parts out and it will all move down to the old Williams Motor Sales.”
Williams Motor Sales could open as Napa as soon as Monday. Colusa Motor Sales has already changed over.
While Mid-Valley Napa will close its doors to customers, the Burgess’ Napa Auto Care Center, also located at 609 N. 7th St., will remain open until the couple find a buyer to take it over.
Marvin’s parents started the family’s automotive business more than 50 years ago, beginning with the auto repair business around 1965 in the north end of town where the Williams Police Department is now located. They moved the repair shop to the current location a few years later and eventually teamed up with Napa in 1985 to sell automotive parts.
Marvin, who started working for his dad in auto repair in the 1977, along with his brother, Melvin, took over the business from their parents in 1991.
“We made a few changes,” Marvin said. “We decided to make our repair shop a Napa Auto Care Center, so our customers could have a ‘peace of mind’ warranty. We’ve really enjoyed serving our customers in the store for so long and we will miss that part of the business.”
Marvin and Jeanine, his wife of 42 years, have been the sole owners of the business since 1999.
“Our kids grew up here,” Jeannine said. “Our son, John, also worked here for many years. We’ve loved it. We have been blessed to have such valued customers; people who have become our friends for so many years.”
As the Napa stores merge, the new Napa Auto Parts will use the Burgess’ existing customer list, so there will be no reapplication process for customers. The new Napa will also honor reasonable and viable returns, as well as normal warranties. Current outstanding balances can be squared with the Burgesses directly as usual, the couple said.
“Nothing is going to change with our Napa Auto Care Center for now,” Marvin said. “We are a AAA approved auto repair center. It was really convenient to walk in the store from the back for oil and filters, but that’s OK. It will just be an adjustment.”
While they continue working until the auto center is sold, the couple has started dreaming of their eventual retirement, which includes going on the road with their 5th wheel.
“We would like to travel more,” Marvin said. “I’m an avid hunter and fisherman and I would like to spend more time doing that. I love the outdoors.”
The couple said they hope to travel across the country, visiting monuments, parks, family, friends, and seeing all the sights they’ve never been able to see before. ■