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March 27, 2014

Jasper Auto Supply celebrates NAPA connection

Jasper — For the last 49 years the Altman family has been serving the automotive needs of the town of Jasper and surrounding communities as Jasper Auto Supply, located at 308 West Hatley Street in the center of downtown Jasper.

On Thursday, March 20, owner Estes Altman was smiling ear to ear as a huge crowd showed up for the official grand reopening ribbon cutting for the business, while he stood underneath the new NAPA Auto Parts sign on the building.

“I started September 1, 1965,” said Altman. “From there it’s just been wonderful. Jasper has just been super to us. We’ve had such a wonderful time.”

Altman said he started his business in the building behind Bruce Glueck Chevrolet.

“We were there probably 15 years,” he said.

Then he bought the current building on Hatley Street, which used to be a service station, a restaurant and other assorted businesses years ago, and remodeled it.

“I’ve been here like 30 years now,” he added. “It was a good move, moving here.”

The reasoning behind the grand reopening, Altman explained, is that after running the operation as an independent for so many years, he decided to take the corporate route and team up with NAPA.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been with a national company,” said Altman.

One distinct advantage, he said, is that he now gets more national advertising.

“Our business has really improved since we changed over,” he said. “It’s real good. It’s been a good change.”

To celebrate the reopening, the town was invited to come out and enjoy some free barbecue, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans.

“All the good stuff,” Altman said.

Guests also had the opportunity to drool over a variety of beautiful sports and antique cars that lined both sides of the street just outside the store.

Members of the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, along with Jasper City Manager Charles Williams, were on hand to perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

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