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A family’s 50 years at Louisa business

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Chris Rice, general manager of NAPA Distribution Center of Richmond presents a 50-year plaque award to Dick Ellis, wife Peggy, and children, Dixon and Jennifer.

Louisa Auto Parts celebrated 50 years in business with specials on just about everything in the store and a exceptional luncheon for customers throughout the day to help Dick Ellis, owner, and his family celebrate the golden anniversary.

Dick’s father, Earl, who owned the store until his death in 1970, opened Louisa Auto Parts in 1962. His mother, Edith, continued the business until Dick bought the store from her in 1975.

Dick began working for his father in 1963 and after a brief time in the military he returned to Louisa Auto Parts in 1967 working full time.

“It’s been a good business and it’s been a lot of hard work, but we’ve done fairly well,” Dick said.

Dick’s son, Dixon, now works at Louisa Auto Parts, making it a third generation family-operated business.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the community being able to stay in business and if we don’t have that, we don’t have anything,” Dick said.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 25 edition of The Central Virginian.