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There is a new store on Grand Avenue in Cherokee, but it is not new to the area.
Cherokee Parts & Supply is owned and operated by Travis and Tammi Miller of Cherokee.
The Millers opened up their store at the old location on the corner of Main and Oklahoma Street in August 2012.
Travis decided making the move to his current location, 104 South Grand, would make the business more visible to traffic passing through and bring in more business.
The new store has a larger retail area than the old one, but the storage area is smaller. The former location was the opposite.
Travis officially moved to the new location and opened his doors on March 16.
He decided to get in the auto parts business to have a challenge.
Travis never went through any formal schooling to learn mechanics, but taught himself the trade by working on his own vehicles.
“The job is common sense,” he said.
The best part of the job for Travis is the daily conversations with customers. He also enjoys the entertainment that the customers offer him each and every day.
The hardest part for him is the amount of paperwork that comes with the job.
Cherokee Auto Parts & Supply currently employs one person and that is Travis. At this time, he doesn’t plan to employ anyone else.
The store orders all its parts and supplies through Bumper to Bumper, but the franchise doesn’t own the merchandise that is in the store. Travis pays for it all.
Technology has helped with the ordering and finding of supplies. Travis doesn’t have a website at the present time.
The store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Millers have two daughters and reside in Cherokee.
“I appreciate all the support and patience throughout the move,” Travis said.
“We plan on growing and adding more later on.”