Advance Auto Parts opens first store in Lewes

Advance Auto Parts management and staff include (l-r) Tommy Rubino, general manager; Amanda Adams, assistant manager; Travis Hanson, retail parts pro; and Dave Hess, commercial parts pro. PHOTOS BY STEVEN BILLUPS
November 16, 2012

Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items, opened its first store Nov. 8 in Lewes at 17884 Coastal Highway next to Home Depot.

Company officials said they chose this location for the store because it’s convenient to where their customers live and shop as well as the garages where they take their vehicles for repair.

Tommy Rubino is the new general manager and works with 11 other team members at the new Lewes location. A veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, Rubino has been with the Advance Auto Parts team for almost two months.

The new store offers customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands as well as several free services. Store team members will install windshield wipers for free and also install batteries following a complimentary check of the vehicle’s electrical system and old battery. The store offers fast parts delivery to local commercial customers such as professional mechanics and garages. Customers also can drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling, ensuring that these materials don’t end up in landfills where they could harm the environment.

“Advance Auto Parts is committed to bringing our promise - Service is our best part - to life not only for our customers, but also in the communities where our customers and team members live. As part of this commitment, we are pleased to announce a $1,000 check has been donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” said Rubino.

Vehicle know-how is made easier than ever by Advance. The company website,, offers articles, online videos, and audio and video podcasts in the Advance Know-How section.

“This new store’s 12 team members will delight our customers with dependable and fast service every job, every day,” said Tom Bradley, district leader for Advance Auto Parts. “The right parts at the right price are as important as the right advice to finish the job.”

The store is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday.  Phone 302-644-0141.  The next closest area store is at 20889 DuPont Blvd. in Georgetown.

Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of nonprofit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its team members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

More information about the company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at

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