Shown is a picture of the NAPA Auto Parts from the 1960s. The store was razed at the end of 2020 due in large part to the newly constructed overpass. The foundations of the old McCarthy Hotel were beneath it. It started out as a small grocery store and blacksmith shop, then a tractor, truck and auto parts store, then Valley Auto Parts, then NAPA. This store sat at the old junction of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and John Wayne Parkway. Now the street is called Mercado Street.
This story was first published in the December edition of InMaricopa magazine.