BY RICK WRIGHT –
Razorback Auto Parts store owner Charles Williams has been in business since 1973 when he and his dad, Jearl Williams, opened the store in Hatfield, Arkansas. Jearl Williams worked in the store for 20 years.
“When we first started this business in 1972 and 1973, we ran a parts route before we got going in here,” said Williams. “I figure, this is the oldest company owned parts store in Polk County. Possibly one of the oldest stores in Polk County.” Considering all the changes over the years, the economy, changes in automotive technology, it’s a testimony of William’s and his Razorback Auto Parts success.
Charles is married to Jami Williams and they have two children, Ashley and Charley. Both the Williams’ children have graduated from college. One is a school teacher and one is a marketing agent. Williams said he always enjoyed his children showing animals during the Polk County Fair.
Today Razorback Auto Parts has four employees. Eight years ago, Williams became an authorized NAPA store and has enjoyed success. “We’ve increased our parts sales every year,” said Williams. “There are still a lot of people who do their own automotive work, and a lot of it, you can’t do on the new ones. We also work on cars here in the back and we install glass.”
“We sell big truck parts,” said Williams. “We sell farm parts, just all you need. If we don’t have the part the customer needs, we can usually get it overnight.”
“We do general mechanic work, from front ends to installing brakes,” added Williams. “We don’t get into the big mechanic jobs. We put in glass from cars to 18-wheelers. We do chip repairs and put glass in heavy equipment, including road graders. We cut our own glass for heavy equipment.”
With a history to be proud of, the Williams plan for a bright future for Razorback Auto Parts.
Razorback Auto Parts, located at 4726 Highway 71 S in Hatfield, Arkansas is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.