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NAPA Chester, NS celebrates 30th anniversary!

The historic seaside town of Chester, NS is famous for many things - Chester Race Week, beautiful and stately century-old summer homes and cottages but more importantly, one of the larger NAPA auto parts stores in the Atlantic region!

Rufus Sweet- manager; owner Ervin Parker; entertainer Jimmy Flynn; NAPA Atlantic Sales Manager Bob Battis.

Owner Ervin Parker became a UAP associate back in 1979 and in 2006 the store expanded its sales area and added additional room for inventory. The NAPA store celebrated its 30th anniversary with a ‘customer appreciation’ soiree in the town, which was well-attended by customers, current and former staff and many regular patrons of this impressive store.

The NAPA store in Chester, NS.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by none other than the hilarious comedian-singer Jimmy Flynn. A grand time was had by all on the South Shore to mark the big 3-0 for NAPA Chester, Nova Scotia! .


NAPA Rally 5000: A True Success!

On August 26, Acadians Stephane Poirier and Michel Plourde, automotive mechanical instructors from Bathurst, won the world’s longest mechanical rally performed with second-hand vehicles that the participants shared along the route.

Five teams set out from Calgary on August 13 to take up this great cross-Canada challenge conducted in full stride and riddled with difficulties. The final ranking came in almost from east to west, Quebec coming in second behind the Maritimes, followed by Ontario, BC, and the Prairies.

Besides Stéphane and Michel, following the above-mentioned order, the teams were comprised of: Rick Grenier and Émilie Derganc, Jen Horsey and Cameron Neilands, Jordan Brian Malkinson and David Wildman, as well as Jordan Dyck and Mark Nodwell.

Their journey led them to 35 NAPA Auto Parts stores and a NAPA Autopro service centre in as many stops, where each time, a program requiring skill, resourcefulness, determination, and even boldness awaited them. At the finish line in Montréal, an impressive welcome was extended by admirers as well as by the NAPA LaSalle store team, under the supervision of Johanne Thériault, who, for the occasion, had sent an all-out invitation and gathered some twenty manufacturers under the tent.

The event brought the winners $10,000 in cash and $5,000 in NAPA products as well as prizes valued at a total of $20,000 drawn among supporters. Thousands of Internet users followed the adventure presented daily in webisodes at, an ongoing site where mechanical advice can also be found. Special thanks to CarCare Business for this story.

The Acadian connection.

NAPA Manawaski, New Brunswick.

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