NAPA AUTO PARTS Joins United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Corporate Partner

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to welcome auto aftermarket retailer and supplier NAPA AUTO PARTS as a new corporate partner. NAPA joins the ranks of such iconic companies as American Airlines, AT &T, Chase, Coca-Cola, Ford, Pepsico, Toyota, Visa, and Wells Fargo, among many others. The USHCC represents the interests of more than 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses through a network of more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

"It's an honor to bring NAPA AUTO PARTS into our family of corporate members. Their strong record as an industry leader makes us proud to endorse NAPA as a natural partner in creating business opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Hispanic community. We look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship," said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC.
 
"Our goal in partnering with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to connect with an incredibly large and dynamic segment of the market, and let these entrepreneurs know that we offer a viable, proven, and time-tested opportunity to independently own a NAPA location," said Josh D'Agostino, Director of New Business Development for NAPA AUTO PARTS. We think the NAPA Story of community, building wealth, and freedom and pride of ownership resonates well within the Hispanic community, and we are working with the USHCC to share our opportunity to own a family business," D'Agostino added.

NAPA's corporate partnership with the USHCC reinforces the its commitment to Hispanic outreach efforts and further supports the company's nationwide expansion initiatives. Since 2010, NAPA has opened nearly 300 new locations, increasing its U.S. total to more than 6,000 stores. With 80 percent of the locations independently owned and operated, the company's strategic national growth plan includes opening 100 – 125 independently owned stores annually.
 
ABOUT THE USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

ABOUT NAPA AUTO PARTS

The National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) has been in existence since 1925. Genuine Parts Company, a publicly traded $13 billion Fortune 500 Company (NYSE:GPC), is the distribution network behind the National Automotive Parts Association. Today, there are more than 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores in all 50 states, and additional locations in Canada and Mexico. With access to more than 400,000 quality parts and 64 strategically placed distribution centers, residents are provided with a fully stocked store with the right product at the right price. For more information, please visit www.napaonline.com.
 

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager
         202-735-7729
         vpereda@ushcc.com