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Perry Hall Salvo Auto Parts, A Family Affair

The auto parts store entered Perry Hall Square Shopping Center on Saturday.

Considering the number of Salvo family members who live in and around Perry Hall, it was only a matter of time until they opened up an auto parts location close to home.

Greeted by a crowd of customers and local officials, Salvo Auto Parts launched its 10th Baltimore-area store in Perry Hall Square Shopping Center on Saturday morning.

"It's a great turnout. The community has embraced us. We've always been here so it feels right to have a store here," said Kirk Salvo, who helps manage the family-owned chain along with his brothers, Todd, Dru, Joe and Mark.

Their father, Joe Salvo, took over the business in 1963 and directed its expansion. His father opened the first Salvo Auto Parts in Essex in 1936.

"It's been a lot of hard work. You need loyal employees and loyal customers," Joe Salvo said.

The patriarch is credited with deciding to enter Perry Hall Square—a historic shopping center that has suffered from several vacancies in recent years.

During the ribbon cutting, County Councilman David Marks, State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, State Del. Joe Boteler and State Del. Jon Cluster celebrated that Salvo Auto Parts had filled, combined and renovated multiple storefronts.

A commercial revitalization district, offering governmental assistance to businesses at the center, was proposed by Marks and approved by the County Council in May 2011. By summer of 2011, vacancies peaked at 40 percent.

Since then, officials from the center's management company, Kimco Realty, have been outspoken in their support for bringing in new businesses. Over the past year, a Giant grocery store, frozen yogurt shop and martial arts school have entered the center.

Plans for Salvo Auto Parts were announced in January.

In recent years, several Salvo descendants have lived in Perry Hall and Kingsville and attended Perry Hall High School—one of the main reasons why the grand opening doubled as a fundraiser for the Perry Hall High School Athletic Boosters.

The grand opening also featured a car show and several giveaways.

PerryHallParent October 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I know my family is spending a lot more time there because of Giant. We are also excited that Salvo has come. I do not patronize any of the other businesses because they are too obscure for us. Yogurt and cigarettes plus a bar? Rite Aid is too expensive and truthfully? I can't even think of any of the other businesses there other than Outback. I can name almost every store at the Avenue. Perhaps that's why I shop there 20X as often?
Red Dolphin October 08, 2012 at 01:54 AM
shop where you;re comfortable,if you feel like you can make it "one stop " shopping I can see that,,,,,,,,,,, but Im sticking wiht Advanced auto parts, Loyld there and all the other staff have ben veru honest and helpful ,they take my old oil and eben trust bme to tak it to the back of the store and empty my own conatiner in their collector. replaced my battery free of charge ( installed it too), take exhanges witrh no questiones asked ( for the most part ) oh and what waa that nice ladys name there? havent seen her for a while..........thye even have a bi-lingua staff memeber,,,,,,,,,, Im sticking with them and I live closer to the new Salvo Auto parts ( by a few blocks) I havent had the best experience at Salvo down at Rossville either............kinda impersonal to me ? im no sayoing that if I see a "jump start" ( and I want one) for a super price at Salvo I wont buy it, but for the most part ,I still giving my busines to advance parts incidentally,OI had a problem with a brand new wiper blade (self installed),,,,,,,,,,, the young guy came out and fixed it for me ( relpaced it with the correct one) no charge hey shop around but consider the quality of the service you get too,
Red Dolphin October 08, 2012 at 01:58 AM
will they lend you a "engine analyzer" ? Adavance will byw I havbe no business interest or family members there LOL ! but Loyld and the rest have been very fair to me
Pete R. October 08, 2012 at 11:04 AM
SALVO folks couldn't be a nicer group of people my relationship goes back 20 years, just nothing but nice. Now convienent for Perry Hall.

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