Advance Auto Parts opens in former Pier 1 building in Grand Chute

General manager Jamie Kluba talks with the corporate office during a soft opening of the new Advanced Auto Parts located at 4717 W. Michaels Drive Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Grand Chute, Wis.

General manager Jamie Kluba talks with the corporate office during a soft opening of the new Advanced Auto Parts located at 4717 W. Michaels Drive Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Grand Chute, Wis.

GRAND CHUTE – A national auto shop chain has added another location in the Fox Cities.

Advance Auto Parts opened a new shop at 4717 W. Michaels Dr. on April 14. It’s just off North Casaloma Drive in the building that formerly housed Pier 1 Imports, which closed in summer 2020.

The North Carolina-based auto parts store — which offers car parts and accessories such as batteries, motor oil, oil filters and spark plugs — already has locations at 1042 W. Wisconsin Ave. and 3121 E. Calumet St. in Appleton, as well as 1005 Winneconne Ave. in Neenah.

Advance Auto Parts didn’t have much of a presence on the west side of the Fox Cities until now, however. The former Pier 1 building was a perfect opportunity for the auto shop, according to district manager Darin Green.

“It’s a prime location,” Green said. “It’s in a great area with busy traffic, so that was really one of the biggest pieces. We wanted to be in that part of town.”

Zach Howell, general manager of the Neenah location, helps set up product displays during a soft opening of the new Advanced Auto Parts located at 4717 W. Michaels Drive Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Grand Chute, Wis.

Zach Howell, general manager of the Neenah location, helps set up product displays during a soft opening of the new Advanced Auto Parts located at 4717 W. Michaels Drive Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Grand Chute, Wis.

Green said April 14 was the location’s soft opening. A grand opening featuring a ribbon-cutting and several food vendors will be May 5.

Advance Auto Parts in Grand Chute is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit advanceautoparts.com.

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This article originally appeared on Appleton Post-Crescent: Advance Auto Parts replaces Pier 1 Imports in Grand Chute, Appleton

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