FranchiseOpportunities.com Announces Expansion of NAPA AUTO PARTS Veteran-Friendly Franchise Program

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Veterans are a good fit for NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, both as franchisees and as team members within NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores and NAPA distribution centers. NAPA deepens commitments to veteran's support organizations in order to further connect with veterans.

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“We feel that vets make a great fit for our brand. They are disciplined, hard working, and often trained in managing people and even managing inventory,” says Josh D'Agostino, Director, New Business Development.

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FranchiseOpportunities.com has received notice from NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) outlining several new initiatives to increase the participation of Veterans in NAPA store ownership.

There are more than 6,100 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores nationwide and 64 strategically located distribution centers serving all 50 states. NAPA carries more than 436,000 quality parts and accessories for automotive and industrial applications - the most extensive inventory in the industry.

NAPA views veterans as a complementary fit to the standards and values of the NAPA organization of auto part retail and service centers.

Approximately 5,000 of the more than 6,100 NAPA stores are independently owned.

“We feel that vets make a great fit for our brand. They are disciplined, hard working, and often trained in managing people and even managing inventory,” says Josh D'Agostino, Director, New Business Development.

NAPA is hiring for employment in many of the 64 distribution centers and approximately 1,000 stores that are company owned. These job openings as well as owning a NAPA store are both suitable for veterans.

There are no franchise fees or royalties associated with NAPA store ownership..

Store ownership opportunities can be found at http://www.MyNAPA.com and employment opportunities at http://www.NAPAautojobs.com.

NAPA is supporting the Wounded Warrior Program, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and has joined VetFran, the veterans’ interest promotional group within the IFA (International Franchise Association).

In 2009, NAPA of New England raised $12,500 for the Wounded Warriors Project. In 2010 NAPA raised $20,000, and in 2011, $25,000 for the program.

"A lot of our NAPA location owners and customers are Veterans themselves, so there's just not enough we can do to say thank you" says Ed Warren, head of the NE NAPA Ad Council in an interview that appeared on WPRI television of East Providence, RI.

"NAPA is proud to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the important work that they do for the incredible men and women of the Armed forces and their families," said Gaylord Spencer, Vice President of Marketing Strategy, NAPA.

NAPA recently debuted their new “Get Back and Give Back” program in which NAPA customers will receive up to a $25 mail-in rebate for every battery, alternator, and starter they purchase, which they can donate all or a portion of to the IFHF. Additionally, NAPA will donate $1 to the IFHF for each redeemed rebate.

The IFA’s VetFran program helps returning service members access franchise and business opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support.

Through these efforts and organizations, NAPA intends to continue to bring veterans into the NAPA family.

About NAPA
NAPA was founded in 1925 to meet America's growing need for an auto parts distribution system. NAPA has grown to more than 6,100 NAPA auto parts stores, 64 distribution centers with more than 436,000 part numbers in inventory and more than 14,000 NAPA AutoCare and AutoCare Collision Centers nationwide. For more information on NAPA: http://www.napaonline.com

About Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information on WWP: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

About Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF)
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund most recently opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Fund is now launching a new project to build satellite TBI centers at several major military deployment bases around the country, providing more direct care to our wounded heroes in uniform. For more information on IFHF: http://www.fallenheroesfund.org

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