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Rochester auto parts store

Advance Auto Parts plans to open its newly-built Rochester store by the end of March.

The store at 1764 S. Broadway is 7,000 square feet and will employ 10 to 12 people, says Laurie Stacy, a spokeswoman for the Roanoke, Virginia-based company.

The national retailer sells tools, accessories and automotive parts. Judd Bang is the store manager. He previously managed a store in Northfield.

"Our core customer is the do-it-yourself customer," says Stacy.

Advance also works with commercial customers such as service stations. The Rochester store will have a commercial counter for those customers, and it also will deliver parts to them, she said.

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The results of research in the area drew Advance to open in Rochester.

"We began by looking at existing markets to see what additional needs they may have. We look at a variety of statistics," Stacy said. "Rochester does fit our model."

Advance also has stores in Austin, Albert Lea, Northfield and Mankato. It is the second largest auto-part retailer in the U.S. behind AutoZone, which has stores in Rochester, Austin and Albert Lea.

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