By Pete Lewnes | December 20, 2019
In 1943, William and Alma Blitz opened Laurel Automotive in the building across Ninth Street from the old fire department and then relocated to the We-Wash-It building on Montgomery Street. Alma herself was a true pioneer of sorts for not only working in but owningan auto parts business.
In 1945, S.I. Snyder (father of Lillian “Bee Bee” Light of Light’s Shoe Store) owned a lot of local property and offered the building at 363 Main Street for rent. William and Alma purchased the building from him sometime in the 70’s.
Laurel Automotive didn’t become Laurel Napa until purchased by the Blitz brothers, Billy and Jeff. This was one of the very last independent Napa stores in the the country until the brothers sold the business after 67 years to Napa corporate two years ago this month, and relocated to North Laurel.
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