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Advance Auto Parts
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE: AAP) opened its first store in Springfield on Sept. 30 at 1257 E. Battlefield Road. The store, just off National Avenue, fills half of a roughly 22,000-square-foot building owned by Pep Boys, said Advance Auto Parts spokesperson Cliff Cermak. He said Pep Boys continues to operate a service department on-site, but he declined to disclose Advance Auto’s lease terms or opening costs. General Manager Jeremy Cotton leads a staff of 15, selling automotive aftermarket parts and products, such as motor oil, , batteries and hand tools. In its most recent earnings report, publicly traded Advance Auto Parts had $179 million in second-quarter net income on $2.6 billion in sales. The company operates nearly 4,750 stores under its branding and 215 Worldpac branches in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also serves over 1,300 independently owned Carquest stores.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Natural Grocers made its Springfield debut with the Sept. 29 opening of a store at 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. It’s the seventh Missouri store for the Lakewood, Colorado-based grocer, founded in 1955, according to its website. The company met its timeline to open by early October in 14,000 square feet at southeast Springfield development Glenstone Marketplace. Natural Grocers spokesperson Pamela Lipshitz said 20 are employed at the store, which sells products including organic produce, pasture-based dairy, non-GMO prepackaged bulk goods, dietary supplements and household essentials. Lipshitz declined to disclose lease terms or startup costs. Natural Grocers is the second grocery chain tenant in the space at the $10 million Glenstone Marketplace, following Lucky’s Market in early 2018. Lucky’s closure last year coincided with a bankruptcy filing by the company. Natural Grocers operates 162 stores in 20 states, according to a news release.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8:36 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-7:35 p.m. Sunday
Pizza by the Slice
A business owner with experience in the insurance, financial planning and digital marketing fields entered the restaurant industry with the June 15 opening of Pizza by the Slice across from Branson Landing. Blake Robbins owns the New York-style pizzeria at 482 Branson Landing Blvd., Ste. 103, along with his brother, Shay Robbins, and longtime friend Jesse Martinosky. It fills 2,000 square feet in space formerly occupied by Pie Five Pizza, Robbins said. Startup costs were roughly $100,000, he said, adding they signed a five-year lease with CenterCore Lakeside LLC for roughly $4,166 per month. The 15-employee eatery’s menu includes 10-inch pizza slices as well as whole pies. Slices are $3 for cheese and toppings are $1 each, while pizzas start at $17.49. Aside from his new venture, Robbins also owns Robbins Insurance Group LLC, Robbins Financial Group and Robbins Nest Media LLC, which operate under The Robbins Group.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
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