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‘Where We Work’: Napa Auto Parts

Published 9:06am Monday, September 12, 2011

Person featured: Norman L. Hammond

Business: NAPA of Landrum

Address: 139 N. Howard Ave., Landrum, S.C. 29356

Phone number: 864-457-2604 or 864-457-4876

Operating hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.


Nature of business: Auto parts

Principal Owner: Norman L. Hammond, owner/president

Employees: 6

Year purchased: April 2011, however, this location has been serving this area as an auto parts store for more than 30 years.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We not only carry auto parts but we also have heavy truck parts; heavy equipment parts; machinery parts; motorcycle, watercraft and ATV parts; auto body supplies; paint; tools and equipment. If we do not have it in inventory, we can order and receive it the next day.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Great selection of quality NAPA products that are backed by a nationwide warranty.
advice to young entrepreneurs: Have a goal. Know your niche. Prepare by researching for knowledge and research some more. Be prepared with knowledge, finances and mental fortitude.

My first job: I grew up on a farm working on and operating heavy equipment at the ripe old age of 9. My first real job was in retail.
your role model (in business or in life generally): My mother taught me to never quit and to do what it took to get the job done right the first time. And never, never, never give up.

The key to a successful business: Know what you are good at and what you are not and fill those spots with a loyal support team. Love what you do so working is a pleasure, not a chore.

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