One of the best known car dealers in the area is now operating another related business, distributing parts of all types to auto service professionals from a location in Lillington.
John Hiester, whose company owns two car dealerships in Lillington and one in Fuquay-Varina, was on hand along with his staff at the new Hiester Wholesale Parts to welcome the public to their facility.
The business is located in the former East Coast Signs building, behind East Coast Classic Cars, which is on the north side of Cornelius Harnett Boulevard on the east side of the county seat.
The Hiester group bought three buildings at the site. The original building was used as a detail shop for the two dealerships in town. Used cars, designated for sale at one of the lots, still go through the facility to be cleaned and outfitted on the way to a Hiester showroom.
Another adjacent building is used for office workers and is a central site for all the Hiester businesses. There, buyers comb websites from throughout the country to find vehicles.
“We can just about find anything the customer wants,” Mr. Hiester said.
It is the third building that has become one of the largest AC Delco parts wholesale operations in the area. The company’s trademark batteries fill shelves in the facility, but that is only part of what is offered.
Transmissions, engines, brakes, belts and all major auto body parts are all kept in stock.
The store is not a retail operation, with sales only open to parts distributors, mechanic shops and auto dealerships.
The site is only one of five AC Delco distribution operations in the country.
Parts from the warehouse go throughout the state and region, with a fleet of 16 trucks carrying loads out of Lillington.
“We were approached about doing this and it is flattering to us that we would be chosen,” Mr. Hiester said.
The new business has helped the company grow to the point of employing 300 people in the region between all its operations.
Members of the public who came out for the event were treated to free Texas-style barbecue, furnished by The Pit in Raleigh. The company sent a food truck to the event at the Hiester facility.