Pat Griffin has kept local cars on the road for over 42 years dispensing both parts and wisdom about all things mechanical across the counter of his business, Pierce Auto Parts.
Now, the longtime parts store owner is retiring.
A good example of a small hometown business, Griffin has remained busy, dispensing knowledge for free from his years of experience and parts for a nominal price.
“I’m in the same location where I began in April of 1978,” Griffin says of his U.S. Highway 84 store. “It has been a long journey and I have had some of the best customers you would ever want.”
Griffin credits lots of people for supporting him along the way.
“I will miss my customers, but it is time. I have been selling auto, truck and tractor parts all together for over 61 years and 42 of them have been at Pierce Auto Parts. In this many years, I have met young and old. Many have passed away. They have all been good to me,” he says.
Griffin is especially thankful to those who helped him realize his dream of operating his own business.
“The store was made possible by a friend, my mother and father and family, my father-in-law and The Patterson Bank,” Griffin recalls.
He is also thankful for his parts men who have helped him with the business, including Jeff Bennett, Gerald Bryant, Richard Golden and Jim Harris.
Griffin began working in auto parts for Herman Walker at Walker Auto Supply in 1959.
After 17 1/2 years there, he worked for brothers, Steve Waters and Milton Waters, at Waters Ford for a year and a half.
Then, in April 1978, he opened up Pierce Auto Parts.
Griffin has enjoyed his time at the store.
The business has been closed the last two months due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and during that time he sold out the business completely and has officially retired.