Former Movie Gallery receiving new life as Storm City Auto Parts

Friday, November 9, 2012
Storm Lake resident Jay Miller and wife Robin plan to open an auto parts store this winter in the former Movie Gallery location on North Lake Avenue. /Photo by Ashley Miller


Pilot-Tribune Staff

Interior work is underway as a formal movie rental location is transformed into an auto supply and paint store.

Storm City Auto Parts, independently owned by Jay and Robin Miller of Storm Lake, will be offering fleet and heavy-duty parts, in addition to automotive paint and traditional parts and supplies.

The business's curious name was coined as an homage to a local professor, who has referred to a northwest Iowa town's name as "Storm City."

Miller, a former Arnold Motor Supply and O'Reilly Auto Parts employee and three decade Storm Lake resident, aims to bring a local touch to his expertise.

"I have been around the auto parts business for a long time," he explained. "We'll just keep on doing what we have been doing for the last 20 years, but I expect a struggle and good competition."

Owning a local business has been in the works for about 10 months, but funding from Albert City Community State Bank has helped make the dream a reality.

"We will offer a well-rounded atmosphere, as well as a Storm Lake-based workplace," Miller said.

Although he plans to open as soon as possible, the business will likely be open by mid-December. However, automotive paint sales should be available within the next 10 days.

Storm City Auto Parts will employ five, including manager/bookkeeper Christine Mileham, increasing seasonally with demand.

"This is a great opportunity for a great community," Mileham said, noting she appreciates Storm Lake residents' Midwest friendliness.

Storm City Auto Parts is located at 1114 Lake Avenue.