Modesto CA Pep Boys Shuts Retail, Focuses On Auto Repair
After nearly seven decades in Modesto, Pep Boys is closing part of his business and partnering with another to keep his prime location on McHenry Avenue as a destination for those in need of auto maintenance.
The auto parts and repair shop is closing the retail side of its business and will instead focus on its service shop. The retail store will be taken over by Advance Auto Parts, a national auto parts chain that is partnering with Pep Boys to take over all of the company’s 109 retail locations in California.
Founded in Pennsylvania in 1921 by three friends (Manny, Moe, and Jack) whose names are still carved on its signs, Pep Boys has been a valley business over the decades. The company opened its first location in Stanislaus County in 1953 on 10th Street in downtown Modesto.
The auto shop operated downtown for over 10 years before moving to lower McHenry Avenue in 1964. Five years later, in 1969, it completed its work and moved to a new location. taller a little higher up on McHenry where he still stands. .
The large white building, with its distinctive retro logo, has become a city landmark and occupies the entire southeast corner of McHenry and Orangeburg avenues.
The switch from California Pep Boys retail stores to Advance Auto Parts was first announced in March. The parts company is leasing space from Pep Boys, and the change of more than 100 locations will be completed within the next 9 to 12 months, according to a press release on the partnership.
Advance Auto Parts operates from 4,806 stores across the United States, Canada and the United States Territories, but none so far in California – another reason why the deal with Pep Boys makes sense.
Pep Boys has around 1,000 locations across the country and was acquired in 2016 by the Icahn Automotive Group, which also owns AAMCO, Precision Tune Auto Care and AutoPlus.
Arianna Stefanoni Sherlock, assistant vice president of communications for Pep Boys, said they did not have a timeline for when the changeover will occur at Modesto, nor information on how many employees will be affected by change.
Brian Kaner, CEO of Pep Boys and the Icahn Automotive Service division, said in a written statement about the partnership that the deal would help strengthen the company’s position as “a leading provider of repair and maintenance. For customers and fleet service on the West Coast.
“This year’s agreement will give us the opportunity to refresh our service centers and reinvest in the market to meet emerging customer needs, particularly as demand for electric vehicle services increases in the region,” he said in the written statement.
Sherlock said he expects the remaining Pep Boys service center in Modesto to be renovated for an updated look. But, rest assured, I also asked what would happen to their stylish red vintage neon logo.
She said the company, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, embraces its long heritage. Indeed, Pep Boys rescued their iconic sign from their longtime downtown Fresno store last year when the store was closed.
âPlaces with historical or heritage aspects of the building, we are preserving them,â said Sherlock. âWe did it in Fresno. It is the year of our centenary and heritage is very important to us.
This story was originally published May 13, 2021 4:00 a.m.