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Jul 15, 2014 7:42 PM by Charlie Misra

Local Santa Maria business closing its doors after 35 years

For 35 years, the Electronic Parts Supermart has been selling everything from semiconductors to batteries on South Blosser Road.

But now it's closing its doors.

"Well, I'm going to do some travelling and maybe clean my house. Maybe!" said Electronic Parts Supermart owner Bonnie Brownstein about her plans.

Brownstein and her husband opened the Electronic Parts Supermart back in 1979. Her husband passed away almost 14 years ago, but the 75-year old Santa Marian is still going strong and keeping customers happy.

"I've enjoyed it. I like working with people," said Brownstein. "I have grandchildren of parents who started buying from us back in the early days."

The Supermart has an old time feel, as Brownstein knows many of her customers personally.

"I've been coming here for 30 years. I'll travel four hours to come here because of the service," said customer Derek Chinn.

It's a rare place where customers can still buy parts over the counter.

Dave Cross of the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce says a lot of places in town that had been in business for a long time closed down when the recession hit a few years ago.

"All our companies cut back, cut back to the bare bone," said Cross. "And then as the economy started improving, then the retail and manufacturing and some of those other elements started improving as well."

Brownstein's business withstood the test of time, and now she's going out on her own terms.

"I've seen people grow up, go into business for themselves. Come back. Oh lots of good memories," she said.

Brownstein has to vacate the building between October 1 and November 15. She says a discount dollar store will be replacing the Electronic Parts Supermart.

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