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Auto parts stores to open in summer

Superior Telegram

There will be a two-month gap between the openings of two new auto parts stores in Superior.

The first to open its doors will be AutoZone at 3625 Tower Ave., next to Dollar Tree. Plans call for the shop to open in mid-June, according to Tracy Houston, community relations manager with AutoZone. The company typically employs about 10 “AutoZoners” per store, both full- and part-time.

“Market research tells us there’s a lot of our type of vehicles in the area,” Houston said. These OTVs, as they are called, are vehicles that are seven years or older, she said. There are AutoZone stores in Duluth and Cloquet, as well. Houston said the company focuses on giving trustworthy advice and customer service. Stores also stock about 50 different tools customers can rent through its loan-a-tool program.

According to Advance Auto Parts spokeswoman Shelly Whitaker, the company’s new store on the corner of North 20th Street and Tower Avenue is slated to open in late August. Demolition of the buildings at the site — Nikos restaurant, LB Data and a vacant home — should begin this spring, according to Superior Planning Director Jason Serck.

Advance Auto Parts stores are typically 6,000 square feet and employ about a dozen people, according to Whitaker. The company opens roughly 100 stores per year, Whitaker said, filling in additional markets that they are not already in or adding stores in areas where there is demand. There are two Advance Auto Parts stores in Duluth, as well.

Anyone interested in applying for a job at the new shops can do so online at or Check under company information for careers on the AutoZone site or under corporate information for career opportunities on the Advance Auto Parts site.