Built in 1962, Valley Auto Parts was the NAPA store on the northeast corner of State Route 347 and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. It is one of the longest-operating businesses in Maricopa. The building maintains several features from its early years. Original owner Don Pearce sold it in 2002, and the Dugan family has operated it as NAPA Auto Parts and Mel’s Auto. The Arizona Department of Transportation was granted possession this year, with stated plans to demolish it as part of the overpass-construction project.
This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.