The excitement and pageantry of a grand opening is a truly unique feeling.
On Thursday, those feelings will be out in full force as Advance Auto Parts celebrates its grand opening at the Warren Commons Plaza at 11 a.m., starting with the ribbon cutting.
“We’re all excited here to be able to serve our customers at our new location,” said Gene Dombrowski, general manager of the Warren location. “Now that we’ve re-located up where all the action is, we’ll be more visible. We’re excited to help residents take care of their vehicles.”
The old location was right on Market St., but, as Dombrowski alluded to, the Warren Commons locale puts Advance right in the shopping epicenter of the Warren retail scene.
After the ribbon-cutting, which will include representatives from Paws Along the River and the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, there will be plenty of festivities.
There will be gift card donations from Advance to the Warren Police Department and Conewango Township Police Department (who will have representatives in attendance), with a pretty neat purpose behind them.
“Advance is excited to give back to the Warren community through the gift card donations,” Dombrowski said. “Instead of giving people an equipment citation, the police departments will be issuing the gift cards to help motorists safely repair their vehicles.”
Paws Along the Rivers will be partnering with Advance as well for an items drive. Customers are encouraged to bring dish and or laundry soap donations for a chance at select raffle items.
“The raffle will be substantial,” Dombrowski said. “We’re all animal lovers, so we immediately thought of them.”
As of right now, there will be 12 employees at the new location, with hours of operation 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Between our 12 employees we have over 60 years of combined retail and part experience,” Dombrowski said.
And customers can look forward to the great service they’ve come to expect from Advance
“We offer free curbside services such as battery testing, battery installation, check engine light scanning and wiper blade installation,” noted Dombrowski. “Customers will find leading name brand parts at Advance, including Mobile One Oil products, Sylvania Lighting and DieHard batteries.”