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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Western Auto – After 30 years in business in Downtown Minot, The Western Auto Store moved to its new and final location at 300-3rd St SW in November, 1962. The new building was 100 ft wide by 120 ft long. It included a 40 x 60 foot shop as well as offices. The merchandise display area was 24 x 50 foot. The business was staffed by 12 employees. A loading dock was in the back of the building and large parking lot in front. Western Auto in Minot was established in 1930 after evolving from a automobile wrecking business. The main office was in Minot until 1950 when it was moved to Fargo. Western Auto also had branches in Williston, Devils Lake, Bismarck, Mandan, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Dickinson.  At one time Western Auto was the largest automotive wholesale supplier in North Dakota with the Minot store being the largest.

Western Auto - 1962

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