Westbay Auto Parts, now Westbay NAPA Auto Parts, is the largest independent auto parts store in Washington state. Robert Price opened the first Westbay store in Port Orchard in February 1961. In 1966, Don Lewis came to work for Westbay and started the machine shop. Don later became a partner in the business until his retirement in 1991. Jim Civilla, who was our onsite CPA, purchased Don’s ownership shares and became Bob’s partner.
In 1980 a second store was added in Gorst that was soon moved to the current location of store 11 (297) and a second machine shop was added.
An existing auto parts store in Silverdale was purchased in 1981. When the lease expired in 1983, another building was purchased down the street and the business was moved to the current Silverdale location. That building was completely remodeled in 2004.
In June of 1985, the chance to buy two existing auto parts stores arose, one in Poulsbo and one in East Bremerton. We then had 5 locations in Kitsap County.
One year later, in June 1988, the Gig Harbor store was purchased. This marked the first store outside of Kitsap County but was a great move to cover our market area.
In November 1995, Westbay purchased another existing auto parts store in Port Townsend. That became the first store in Jefferson County. It was moved to its current location in 2002.
The Belfair location was built in 1996. This became the first location that was built from the ground up and our first store in Mason County.
The founder of Westbay Auto Parts, passed away in 2000 after a short illness. The management team became Ken Price, Jim Civilla, Ginger Hall and Louis Kimmel.
In November 2007, Westbay Auto Parts joined forces with NAPA Auto Parts and became Westbay NAPA Auto Parts and continued its journey as an independent auto parts chain. With that change, two new locations were added in Purdy and Kingston. The original Bremerton location then became a paint store and cross-dock facility. The new Bremerton location was moved to Kitsap Way.
In the spring of 2018, Jim Civilla retired and his partnership was purchased by Westbay. Jim continues behind the scenes as a financial consultant for Westbay.
In November 2018, Westbay purchased the Shelton location from NAPA to make it our second store in Mason County.
With the passing of Bob Price in January 2000 and the retirement of Jim Civilla in 2018, the current management team now consists of Ken Price, Ginger Hall, Kevin Amo and Matt Williams.Today, Westbay NAPA Auto Parts, remains locally owned and continues Bob Price’s spirit of customer service above all else.