It used to be you shopped Murray’s Discount Auto Parts on Stadium from east to west. Now it’s O’Reilly Auto Parts, and you shop it north to south. Murray’s changed the layout of its Ann Arbor store last summer and changed its name in early December.

Originally an independent Detroit area chain, Murray’s was most recently part of CSK Automotive. O’Reilly acquired CSK in 2008. “We’re converting those stores over to the O’Reilly format,” says company spokesperson Mark Merz. “We’re remaking the store into an auto supply store.”

If you thought Murray’s was already an auto supply store, Merz begs to differ. He says that O’Reilly focuses more on what he calls “hard” auto parts like alternators, starters, and other mechanical components. “Murray’s was more of a retail, grab your cart and go up and down the aisles store.” Murray’s sold hard parts, too, but its focus was more on accessories like car mats, wipers, lightbulbs and, of course, fuzzy dice.

The physical reorientation reflects the change in emphasis. At Murray’s, the parts counter was in the back of the store. Now it’s up front next to the door–it’s the first thing you see as you enter.

So say goodbye to Murray, the bearded, slightly wacked-out looking guy from the old Murray’s logo–Merz says all 141 Murray’s locations will be converted to O’Reilly Auto Parts stores by the end of 2010. Their sign–a cloverleaf–is a lot more staid.

O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2182 W. Stadium Blvd. 996-4100. Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Sun.

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After fifteen years in the same location on Jackson Road, Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders moved up the street and around the corner to a new space on Zeeb. It wasn’t a quick move. “We were closed down for two or three months during the transition,” says general manager Patrick McDevitt, whose family owns the business. “We weren’t planning on moving, but the landlord raised the rent.”

The new location, McDevitt says, is “better and bigger.” They went from eighty seats to 126 and put in three TVs–the old location had none. The menu of pizzas, grinders, pasta, calzones, salads, and sandwich wraps will stay the same, but McDevitt says they’re looking into applying for a liquor license in the near future.

McDevitt, forty-one, owns the business with his parents, Donald and Cathy McDevitt. “They’re the big bosses,” he jokes. The family also owns a Mancino’s in Saline. McDevitt says Mancino’s isn’t a franchise–individual business owners license the name and concept from the Mancino family, which opened the first Mancino’s in Coldwater. Today there are eighty Mancino’s around the country, most of them in the Midwest.

McDevitt would rather be a licensee than a franchisee because licensees have a lot more freedom. The arrangement “gives us the original Mancino’s menu, but we’re free to do whatever we want with it. It gives us more freedom to try new items.”

McDevitt says his family has no plans to open more Mancino’s, at least not in the foreseeable future. “Jumping over here from Jackson to Zeeb was a fairly big expansion for us.”

Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders, 355 S. Zeeb. 994-9151. Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.

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Four Seasons Archery, Ann Arbor’s only full-service archery supply store and indoor archery range, closed in mid-November. Originally located in the Maple Village shopping center, it had moved last year to Independence Plaza on Jackson Road. The owner couldn’t be reached for comment.

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